The primary purpose of this brief blog posting is merely to present some information, plus a few photos, regarding a series of unnamed cascades that are present along Burnt Brook.
Burnt Brook is located within the White Mountain National Forest near the village of Bethlehem, NH. It has been a named feature on maps since at least the early 1900s. This brook is a tributary of the South Branch Gale River which flows into the Gale River which empties into the Ammonoosuc River which empties into the Connecticut River which eventually empties into Long Island Sound.
Regarding the origin of Burnt Brook’s name, I have been unable to find any references as to its origin. In 1903 there were major forest fires in this general vicinity, and so perhaps the name “Burnt” might have something to do with that fire event.
Burnt Brook is in a remote location and there have never been any hiking trails or logging roads along its banks. The only way to access it is by bushwhacking. Its remoteness and absence of trails are the likely reasons why the cascades along this brook have never been named.
Below is a map showing the location of Burnt Brook.
A) This report only includes photos of four cascades, all of which are located along the lower half of Burnt Brook. There are additional cascades on the upper half. However, I have thus far made only one visit to the brook’s upper portion, and it happened to be during a dry period when the cascades had very little water was flowing over them. At some future point, when water levels are high, I hope to make a return visit to the upper portion of the brook and photograph those cascades in all their glory.
B) The photo shown below is my favorite cascade along the lower portion of Burnt Brook. Although it has no official name, I personally refer to it as Moose Antler Falls since I found a moose antler in the nearby woods on one of my visits.
|Moose Antler Falls|
C) Shown below are three other cascades along the lower portion of Burnt Brook.
TO SUM IT UP:
It is with mixed feelings that I post this report. In some ways I am reluctant to divulge the “secret” of Burnt Brook. But in other ways, I feel that Mother Nature would want to have her artful creations shared and enjoyed by others.
And so, my thoughts about posting this report remain conflicted. However, it is comforting to know that these unspoiled cascades can only be reached by an experienced bushwhacker. And generally speaking, this type of individual is respectful of places they visit, and they tread lightly.