Partners: White Mountain National Forest; Historicorps; National Forest Foundation
Glen Ellis Falls Scenic Area, on the Ellis River, is one of the oldest and most popular day use sites on the White Mountain National Forest and is visited by a broad spectrum of the visiting public, giving them the chance to experience the natural beauty, history, hiking, picnicking and interpretation. It is located in an area steeped in history, providing unique opportunities to readily view a beautiful waterfall within the historical context of the Civilian Conservation Corps days. The falls, accessed from a short hiking trail near the height of land in Pinkham Notch, cascade 65 feet into a deep pool surrounded by rock and moss, in an area of rugged beauty. The Glen Ellis Falls area was acquired by the US Forest Service in 1915. The parking area and trail to the falls were initially developed in the 1920s. At that time the trail was a simple boardwalk and wooden staircase. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did extensive work to the trail. Their stone and masonry work, typical of that era’s style, has remained largely intact for nearly 90 years. The entire length of the trail is approximately 0.3 mile. This project incorporates a majority of the trail beginning from the east side of Rt. 16 at the end of the tunnel that runs under Rt. 16 to the trail’s terminus near the base of the falls. Several issues along this length of trail need to be addressed, including; numerous drainage issues, eroded treadway, and slumping base materials. The upper approximately 200ft. of the trail beginning at the tunnel is to be constructed to meet Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG) and incorporate a turn around.
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