Wildcat Brook
Wildcat Brook above Jackson Falls, May 2023
Wildcat Brook is located in New Hampshire
Wildcat Brook
Location in New Hampshire
Wildcat Brook is located in the United States
Wildcat Brook
Location in the United States
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesCoos, Carroll
Township and townBean's Purchase, Jackson
Physical characteristics
SourceCarter Notch
 • locationBean's Purchase
 • coordinates44°15′32″N 71°11′40″W / 44.25889°N 71.19444°W / 44.25889; -71.19444[1]
 • elevation3,280 ft (1,000 m)
MouthEllis River
 • location
 • coordinates
44°8′32″N 71°11′9″W / 44.14222°N 71.18583°W / 44.14222; -71.18583
 • elevation
740 ft (230 m)
Length9.05 mi (14.56 km)[1]
Basin features
 • leftBog Brook, Davis Brook, Great Brook
 • rightLittle Wildcat Brook, Marsh Brook
TypeScenic, Recreational
DesignatedOctober 28, 1988

Wildcat Brook,[2] also known as the Wildcat River, is a 9.05-mile-long (14.56 km)[1] stream in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the United States. It rises at Carter Notch in the township of Bean's Purchase in Coos County, and flows south through the town of Jackson in Carroll County to its confluence with the Ellis River near the town's southern boundary. At Jackson Falls, near the town center, the stream descends 120 feet (37 m) in 14 mile (0.4 km) over scenic granite ledges,[3] paralleled by New Hampshire Route 16B (Carter Notch Road). The surrounding area is part of the Jackson Falls Historic District.

Via the Ellis River, Wildcat Brook is part of the Saco River watershed, with its waters reaching the Atlantic Ocean near Biddeford, Maine. The entire brook, from Carter Notch to the Ellis River, is part of the designated National Wild and Scenic River System, as are its tributaries Little Wildcat Brook, Bog Brook, and Great Brook.

See also

Wildcat Brook, by John White Allen Scott


  1. ^ a b c "Wildcat Brook, New Hampshire". National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wildcat Brook
  3. ^ "Jackson, New Hampshire". U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographic map series. Mapper.acme.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017.