Arethusa Falls Trails

Loop • 4.5 mi • 1280 ft

Dropping more than 200 feet in a swath of lacy mist, the plunge of Bemis Rock creates New Hampshire's highest falls and a premier natural wonder. But seasoned hikers understand that there's more to Arethusa Falls than a first-class visual treat. In the hot days of midsummer the sluicing cascades, broad rocks, and tiny pools that emerge from the base of the falls create a perfect spot for cooling your feet, splashing your children, or simply enjoying the pleasures of its backcountry sights and sounds.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Conway
Length: 4.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,280 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Saco Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Crawford Notch and Stairs Mountain quads.
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Moderate to easy hike with some big step downs so be cautious. Can be difficult for someone who has never hiked or is out of shape. The reward at the end is so worth it though. Such beautiful scenery for such an easy hike. Can get crowded on a warm summer day. Head towards the falls and turn left to hike up to the falls themselves. Be very careful and alert when doing this.


Hike to the falls is a good uphill with a rewarding downhill before reaching the falls. After hiking there the scenery is very rewarding and worth the tiring hike. I would imagine for avid hikers this trail is easy but as an office working who gets little daily exercise the trail was on the difficult side but well worth it. We went on a Sunday and the falls had a good amount of visitors, I imagine during the week the crowd is much smaller. There is plenty of parking space and a visitors center at the trail head. I would say this is definitely a waterfall to see if you are in the area and looking for some rewarding scenery.

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