Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity 


Snyder Brook: Old Forest and Waterfalls



Description: A remnant patch of old-growth hemlock - spruce - northern hardwood forest occurs along Snyder Brook on the lower northern slope of the Presidential Range in Randolph. This is a wildly scenic short hike that takes you past three White Mountain waterfalls and through a magnificent old forest community.

Directions: Park at the "Appalachia" hiker's parking lot along Rte. 2 in Randolph. Take the Brookbank Trail up the left (east) side of Snyder Brook, passing Gordon, Salroc, and Tama Falls along the way. Cross the brook (when the water is not too high) above Tama Falls. Return via the Fallsway Trail, which also parallels the brook. Longer loops can be made here, incorporating the large network of trails on the northern slope of Mt. Madison.

Landowner:
White Mountain National Forest

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Old growth hemlock - spruce - northern hardwood forest along Snyder Brook (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Waterfall along Snyder Brook (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Snyder Brook (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Cascade along the Brookbank Trail on a rainy day (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Exemplary old growth hemlock - spruce - northern hardwood forest along Cascade Brook (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Snyder Brook site map (1:24,000 scale USGS topo quad)
(click on map for full-size pdf)

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