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Rainbow Falls

Length: 1.2 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Beginner

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Rating (click for info): 4/10

Height: 20'

River: Glove Hollow Brook

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Cummings Hill Road in Plymouth, NH. Cummings Hill Road leaves the west side of Rt. 3 3.1 miles north of Rt. 93 at exit 24 and 2.0 miles south of the rotary at the end of Rt. 175A (in the center of Plymouth). The parking area is located 0.8 miles up the road, at a left turn. Park in the pull-off on the right.

About the Hike:
Rainbow Falls is the main attraction in the Walter-Newton Natural Area, a nature preserve in Plymouth. The waterfall is scenic, but highly seasonal and should be visited in the spring. Before you begin your hike, walk a short distance up the Newton Trail, which begins at the small parking area, and follow a short side path on the left out to a viewpoint over a marsh. To get to the Walter Trail to Rainbow Falls, return to the parking area and walk up the road to the kiosk on the right. This short trail is very flat and easy as it follows a marsh in the beginning. After swinging away from the marsh, it joins Glove Hollow Brook, source of Rainbow Falls. The trail climbs a little, passes two snowshoeing trails on the left, and arrives at the waterfall. Rainbow Falls is a small waterfall, composed of two short plunges over a small cliff. Benches are set up below of the waterfall.

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