Arethusa Falls Trails

North Conway, New Hampshire 3860

Arethusa Falls Trails

Arethusa Falls Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Arethusa Falls Trails Reviews

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7/9/2018
A nice, steady climb to beautiful cascading falls. Take care because, while this trail is rated as "moderate," the trail is full of rocks, roots, and ruts, and has a few pretty steep places. The reward after navigating the 1.5 mile is the gorgeous falls. It's an awesome spot to have lunch and enjoy the falls before making the trek back.
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9/28/2013
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.
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7/18/2010
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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3/27/2010
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.
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7/5/2009
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.
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9/1/2008
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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8/31/2008
This is a greak short hike. I did the Arethusa falls trail round trip so the total was 2.8 miles. The hike to the falls is uphill the entire way, at a light to moderate incline. But the treasure at the end is worth it. A beautiful 200ft waterfall. 3 hours should be enough time to hike there and back, allow some time to explore the rocks at the base of the falls. Be sure to take off your shoes and walk in the cold Mt. water. We started out at 10am. by the time we got back both lots were full and people were parking out on the road. This trail is very busy, go early or on a weekday for the best experiance. I rated it 4 stars just for the falls. On this trail I past people from the ages of 6-70 years old, with babys in backbacks and dogs so it is a trail for the whole family.
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8/3/2008
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5/13/2008
Trail is a pleasant walk into a very rewarding finish. The falls are beautiful.
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3/16/2008
What an incredible hike. I did the whole 4.5 mile loop around Frankenstein cliff. I snow shoed the whole way and after the falls it got a little hairy in some spots. Your map detail was very good, however I lost the trail right at the end. I just followed the railroard back to my car. Good tip for future hikers. Orientate yourself and you'll be out no problem. There was 4 feet on the ground and fallen trees so it was a little disorienting in some spots. The markers are only single blazed, but freshly painted. My markers were only 1 to 2 feet above the snow so make sure you read everything first if you attempt this in high snow conditions. Very grueling in parts, but very rewarding. Can't wait to bring my friends this summer.
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Trail Information

North Conway
Nearby City
4.5
Distance
1,280 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Saco Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Crawford Notch and Stairs Mountain quads.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018