Arethusa Falls

Bartlett, New Hampshire

Arethusa Falls

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"This hike to one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire should not be missed. The smaller falls along Bemis Brook are intimate and unique, rounding out this rewarding adventure.

Just up the trail from this is Bemis Falls. This fall is actually two parts. Below the main drop is another set of shallow ledges similar to the Fawn Pool. However, these ledges wrap around in a semicircle, creating a series of cascades that flow through a natural amphitheater. Just above these cascades is another set of cascades that drop more steeply in short plunges."

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Westbrook, CT
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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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Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
"Yes, this little jaunt in the Notch gets a fair amount of traffic; tons of tourists clamor up its path in the summer. Even during the harsh winter months, you probably won’t have the trail to yourself. But there are good reasons why this trip is so popular-and why it should be on your winter must-do list. For starters, it’s a relatively short hike, easily doable in half a day. It’s located in the popular and scenic Crawford Notch State Park. And, did we mention that it leads to the Granite State’s tallest waterfall? Besides a view of frozen falls and crystal cascades, you may see another spectacle; ice climbers working their way up the icy walls. Arethusa Falls, and nearby Ripley Falls and soaring Frankenstein Cliff are hot spots for New Hampshire’s cold-climate climbers. Also, if you’re looking to expand your snowshoe trip, there are plenty of options with several connecting trails leading to Ripley Falls, Frankenstein Cliff and beyond."

Trail Information

Nearby City
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Crawford Notch State Park
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