From the trailhead, close to the Kancamagus Highway, a gravel path, sheltered by tall thick foliage leads from the parking lot of Sabbaday Falls to the impressive landmark. The trail itself is a short relatively easy 0.6-mile loop. The sound of flowing water echoes through the gorge, as visitors make their way to the crystal water pools at the bottom of the falls, unfortunately swimming in the area is prohibited due to the water rapids. As the flow of the water increases the trail makes its way to the Punch-bowl. A flight of stairs takes visitors to the wooden bridge overlooking the 45-foot Sabbaday Fall. Wooden railings have been installed to ensure visitor safety on the observation deck.
The Basins and the gorge date back to ten thousand years ago when the last glaciers melted. Large volumes of water, rocks, and debris are believed to have carved the area. Along the trail, there are multiple informational signs explaining the history and geology of the area including the legend which gave the area its name. It is believed that on a Saturday night, the workers who were building a road in the area, named the brook Sabbaday Brook for Sabbath. As Winter was setting in, the workers hid their tools, with the aim to complete the work in spring but they left and never went back to finish the road.
Sabbaday Falls has a dedicated parking lot and a picnic area with restrooms, however, on busy days these tend to fill up rather quickly. Entrance to the area is against a $5 fee. Timing to visit the falls is key, especially as they are closed in winter and on icy rainy days due to weather conditions making the trail treacherous. Along the trail, large rocks and benches make for ideal short rests should you need it.
A visit to Sabbaday Falls is guaranteed to impress, not only are the gorge and the surrounding scenery breathtaking, but the waterfalls themselves are a unique splendid sight not to be missed. It comes as no surprise that this area has attracted many photographers who have tried to capture its beauty.