Arethusa Falls Trails

North Conway, New Hampshire

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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.
Hiking New Hampshire

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Hiking New Hampshire

by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)

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.

©  Larry Pletcher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Conway
Distance: 4.5
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.
Driving Directions: Directions to Arethusa Falls Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2013
1

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.


7/18/2010
1

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.


3/27/2010
0

My 4th time to the falls (2x just the falls/2x the falls + Frankenstein Cliff), but 1st time this early in the year. There was still some hard pack snow on the ground, but we started around 11am, it was bright and sunny, so the snow was a little softer than expected. Took the Bemis trail up...mistake! The trail isn't that steep, but at the end, where it merges with the main trail, is where you get all of your elevation. At this time of the year footing was treacherous. With all the rain the area received in the past week, the falls were flowing pretty well, with the sides still covered in ice. A great hike at any time of the year.


7/5/2009
0

I am not a great hiker - I'm a flatlander from Iowa - but living in New Hampshire, my partner insisted we try. It's a steady incline but the elevation isn't bad - there are some big steps up and down so watch your knees, but we saw kids and people with tiny dogs doing it no problem - and the falls - WOW - the view was amazing and so so so worth it! I'd do it again. An inspiring hike.


9/1/2008
0

Nice hike with beautiful waterfalls! We went up the Arethusa Falls trail but came back on the Bemis Brook trail. The Bemis Brook trail is very steep with lots of tree roots. A couple look out areas though that are worth checking out.



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