I am constantly on the look out for a new waterfall to explore. I had heard about Beaver Brook Falls through my various google searches. After Easter festivities and breakfast I was itching to get a hike in, but wanted something kind of quick. With all the snow melted and rain we have had I thought it would be a great time to check out the falls.
From Route 9 heading east out of Keene take a right onto Washington Street. Take a left onto Concord Road and then an immediate left onto Washington Street Extension. Drive to the end and there is a gate. Park near the gate, but not in front of it. Also be mindful that this is residential area.
This is not a true hike, but more of a walk, as you are walking down an old tar road along power lines. I feel you could push strollers down this road. My husband said he liked walking down the old road because he felt like he was in a scene of the Walking Dead.
As you are walking up the road you are following Beaver Brook which provides a relaxing sound and a beautiful stream. Along the hillsides we saw several cascades flowing down due to the recent rainfalls.
There was a sign about an Old Man of Keene, we looked for it, but are not sure if we found the correct one as many of the ledge outcroppings looked like they could be a man.
There is a small incline heading up to the falls, but nothing that is hard. You can also start to see the falls from the road. In order to get a good view it is best to climb down the embankment to the bottom of the falls. Just use cautions as it is very steep, the rocks are loose and slippery when wet.
Once you get to the base of the falls it is pretty enjoyable.
I would not consider this a real hike, but it is a nice walk to a pretty waterfall. It was about .8miles to the falls. There is a section at the top of the falls if you wanted to spread out a blanket for a picnic. Good walk for young families or beginner hikers. I would only caution if you chose to walk to the bottom of the falls due to the loose rocks and it being steep.