Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook and Arethusa Falls Trails is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Difficulty – 3. Started out on the Frankenstein Cliff Trail and had to turn around and go on the other side of the stream, because it was too difficult to cross. Every day offered the potential for an exciting new adventure, many of which endangered the wardens’ lives. The first 20 minutes of the hike were easy. Depending upon the source, Arethusa Falls is anywhere from 125 feet tall to "well over 200 feet in height." The hiking trails get much easier here as it heads downhill to the falls. The views from Frankenstein cliff are great and even loved seeing the valley post-foliage. Located in Crawford Notch, the trailhead is located off Rt 302 within easy reach of the other attractions along that scenic route. I’m glad we did as the climb was steep and it’s a lot easier to go up than down. Arethusa Falls Trail . Yes, there are roots and rocks, but go at a comfortable place and you'll be fine. Arethusa is frozen with a small portion of water still running. Frankenstein Trail was pretty steep and crossing over the rocks at the falls was pretty dicey. Soon after entering the park, you will see a parking lot on your left specifically for this waterfall trail. Park in the lot and the falls are about 1.6 miles and 800' vertical feet away, at least that's what the old trail did. Delightful for this time of year. We also went ahead and added on the Bemis Falls trail when we came across it. My goal is to hike Mount Washington where I will be able to appreciate the views it offers, but I digress. New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. AMC’s White Mountain Guide lists the falls as “nearly 200 feet,” while New England Waterfalls estimates 160 feet. If you have not yet been to Arethusa Falls you need to put it at the top of your bucket list! Expect a fairly consistent and steady uphill over plenty of rocks and roots. Bridal Veil Falls Hike Via the Coppermine Trail, Explore Sabbaday Falls from the Kancamagus Highway, Hike Mt. Definitely a challenging hike in the winter. Directions To Arethusa Falls: For driving directions to trailheads near Arethusa Falls click a parking area on the map above, and choose Google Driving Directions. My personal favorite part was the train tracks shortly after the cliff. Arethusa Falls. Directions. #nehikes #wmnfhikers #whitemountains #hikethewhites #getoutsidenh #trailchat #nh48 #goeast #nhgram #nhoutdoors #getoutside and #explore hiking #hikingadventures #hikertrash #hiking #amcoutdoors #waterfall #waterfalls, A post shared by Northeast Hikes (@nehikes) on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:06am PDT, I hiked Arethusa all the way to the falls and back it took a lot out of me but it was fun can’t wait to hike again, Your email address will not be published. We decided to do this trail and do the whole loop with the Frankenstein Cliff trail. Opening up to the Cliff was beautiful. Given the ascent, it’s typically best to take this detour on the way in. The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. The AMC estimates the height of the falls at 140′, but it … Well worth the STEEP portion that will either start or end Bemis Brook depending on which direction you are coming from. There were many smaller water crossings. breilly670 1 year, 11 months ago arethusa falls. The Arethusa Falls Trail gains 827 feet in 1.4 miles at a generally easy to moderate grade, making it a good hike for families and beginners. Dogs are recommended to be leashed, but not required. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665. Arethusa Falls is often thought to be New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall but it actually plays second fiddle to Dryad Falls in terms of height; however, Arethusa is by far the more impressive of the two. The Arethusa Falls/Frankenstein Cliffs trail is a 5 mile loop that is a moderate hike with some steep inclines. To get the best views of the falls requires crossing Bemis Brook which can be difficult in high-water conditions. Recommend going counterclockwise as the leaf litter in the steep sections is busted. I recommend being in good health and shape before attempting it. 302. Continue to the left for Arethusa Falls, climbing a steeper set of steps before descending to the falls. I chose to tackle Frankenstein Cliff first. The smaller water features include Fawn Pool, and Coliseum Falls. We also went ahead and added on the Bemis Falls trail when we came across it. Take this trail for 0.5 miles along Bemis Brook. There are far fewer people on the Bemis Brook for a reason and that’s reason enough to take it! 1) Doing the Arethusa trail alone is good for most folks. NfGreat hike! Distance – 3 miles, out-and-back (2.8 if you leave the Bemis Brook Trail off and just stay on the Arethusa Trail the entire way) Elevation Change – 650 ft to the falls. The way down towards the train tracks was leaf littered and slippery so I was really glad to have my poles. This hike was great. The foot of the cliffs is scree and very unsafe. The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. Arethusa Falls did not disappoint. Most hikers who have witnessed both, however, agree that Arethusa is drastically more impressive. You get to see an amazing view along with a very cool waterfall, can't ask for much more than that on a 5 mile hike! The Arethusa Falls Trail gains 827 feet in 1.4 miles at a generally easy to moderate grade, making it a good hike for families and beginners. Required fields are marked *. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Nature in all its glory! Washington and everything in between. Absolutely beautiful! Turn right onto the spur (Arethusa Falls Trail goes straight) and follow it for 0.2 mile as it drops 100 feet in elevation. The Arethusa Falls Trail is located within New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch State Park, which itself is contained within the larger White Mountains National Forest. Wow! There might be a bit more climbing if you do Bemis Brook. Hiked yesterday 1/17/21 and it was great. However, its height is of great controversy. Continue to the left for Arethusa Falls, climbing a steeper set of steps before descending to the falls. Great trail, very well marked although not easy especially on some of the uphill climbs. I don’t say this to scare you away; on the contrary, Arethusa Falls is magnificent and worth every ounce of sweat, just prepare appropriately. Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail is a 8.2 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. We returned directly to the trailhead on Arethusa Falls Trail. Arethusa Falls is a waterfall in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. Dogs are recommended to be leashed, but not required. 127 avis. Loved the lonesome trail on this one. These two trails merge again closer to the falls, so you can make this an out-and-back or a loop with a spur to the falls. Do it. Arethusa Falls Region mountain bike trail map. Take the Arethusa Falls Trail (the main one) and then cross over to the outlook trail and you will be fine. We went up by way of Bemis falls and down straight from Arethusa and it seemed to lessen the amount of people we were leap-frogging. Arethusa Falls is a waterfall in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. You get see it from up top and below it. Arethusa Falls was legendary and a great reward for only an hour hike. Stunning winter hike! Alternative Hikes. The hike begins at the end of Arethusa Falls Road; there is parking both at the beginning and end of this road. The trail follows Bemis Brook for about .4 miles and rejoins the Arethusa Falls trail after parting from the Brook. Recommended Gear: Hiking Boots or Trail Runners; Trekking Poles (optional but not necessary); drinking water Once you’ve stood at the base of this massive cascade, it’s hard to argue the point. There is some debate, however, over the height of the plunge, believed to be the tallest in New Hampshire. The trail continues into the woods with an option to follow Bemis Brook for a nice hike next to the stream. You made it all the way to the bottom. Spikes recommended but not critical when we went. Arethusa Falls Region E-Bike, Hike trails, New Hampshire. We finally got to see Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff. Arethusa Falls (in early winter) Towering over 100 feet in height, the great Arethusa Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the White Mountains. Although the Arethusa Falls Trail … And by this I mean there are rocks, lots of them, along with gnarly tree roots throughout the trail, which climbs 900 feet over 1.5 miles. Arethusa Falls Trail The trailhead for the Arethusa Falls Trail, located just off route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park, is very well marked and we had no issue finding a spot in the empty parking lot. Arethusa Falls (CNN) A man died while hiking a trail in a New Hampshire state park Saturday, making for the third hiking/climbing-related fatality within a … Impressive frozen waterfalls, gorgeous views from the cliffs and more icicles going down. Trails.com July 8, 2011 In the hot days of midsummer the cascades, broad rocks, & tiny pools that emerge from the base create a perfect spot for cooling your feet, splashing your kids, or simply enjoying sights and sounds. The Arethusa Falls Trail began in a large paved clearing area right next to a railroad track as well as what looked like someone’s property on the other side of the track. The Arethusa Falls Trail is quite passable in winter, even without snowshoes, most of the time. Whether heading down or coming up, prepare to get your ass kicked. Arethusa Falls is a popular hike in the White Mountains, and come winter it is a popular spot for ice climbing. The waterfall occurs when the headwaters of Bemis Brook tumble over a granite cliff on the western slope of Crawford Notch.They are sometimes erroneously referred to as the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire, but they are in fact the second tallest, after the Mahoosuc Range's seasonal Dryad Falls. The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. I wish there were people in the photo for scale. 1) Doing the Arethusa trail alone is good for most folks. The trail for Arethusa Falls begins across the train tracks near a private home. In any case, they are very impressive. The falls are located in Crawford Notch State Park and are the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire (between 140 and 200 feet). It is steep and rooty. Arethusa Falls is a well-signed side road off of Route 302 about halfway between Bartlett and the Gates of the Notch. The view of Crawford Notch atop Frankenstein is fantastic with a rooty, but relatively easy hike between the two. They also just helped with having a better grip when going downhill. That might not sound like a lot, and if you’re an avid hiker, it isn’t. They are located in Harts Location, New Hampshire, on a spur road, signed for Arethusa Falls, off of Rt. It’s an uphill climb to the falls with lots of rocks and roots to navigate. We relished the sights and sounds of the 200-foot waterfall. Nothing crazy, spikes needed. In spring, the trail is icy in some parts, so Micro spikes may be helpful. To get the best views of the falls requires crossing Bemis Brook which can be difficult in high-water conditions. One of the people I was with is an avid hiker, but not a winter hiker. Exceptionally warm day too. Great hike! After visiting Arethusa Falls, We drove another few miles north and visited the Highland Center for a delicious hot lunch. Arethusa Falls Trail Conditions These posts have been tagged with Arethusa Falls NH , or are within 1.5 miles of it. Julie starting on the Arethusa Falls Trail after leaving the railroad tracks by the trailhead It features a relatively thin path most of the way with a few quick elevation gain and loss sections between the two falls. The round trip hike is 2.8 miles. The shortest trek to the falls is via the Arethusa Falls Trail; you can also take the Bemis Brook Trail to the Arethusa Falls Trail. At 1.3 miles, the trail intersects the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail is allegedly muddy and not as well maintained as the Arethusa Falls trail. It hugs an alluring brook with waterfalls and pools along the way. When you are through viewing the falls, continue east on Arethusa Falls Trail. The hike itself is not very hard and would rate it as more moderate. Coming from the west: The falls are located in Crawford Notch State Park and is the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire (between 140-200 feet). Many hikers complete this loop in the opposite direction. It's also a good trail for hiking with dogs. It is a relatively gradual elevation gain all the way to the falls. This trail takes you past Fawn Pool, Coliseum Falls, and Bemis Brook Falls which are great additions to add on to your trip to Arethusa Falls. Keith Miller 2 years, 10 months ago Hike up to Arethusa Falls (1/28/18) Tj Dudek 3 years, 2 months ago Arethusa falls - 9/17/17 . Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook and Arethusa Falls Trails is pet-friendly. Following the Bemis Brook Trail to Arethusa Falls will add a few other frozen falls to your hike before ultimately reaching Arethusa Falls. There are two routes from the trailhead to the falls: the Arethusa Falls Trail (a 1.5-mile, one-way hike) and the Bemis Brook Trail (1.7 miles, one-way). The falls are likely around 160 feet high, though some sources, including the park poster above, lists them as 200 feet. In just over one mile you will cross the railroad tracks and return to the parking area. Appalachian Trail hikers past, present and future are invited to follow along with the Maine and New Hampshire section hiking blogs. Arethusa Falls is a well-signed side road off of Route 302 about halfway between Bartlett and the Gates of the Notch. I would advise going up Frankenstein Cliff first because it is very steep. Our Family was in for a waterfall adventure, so we … Beware Ice Climbers that thought it was a good idea to to climb directly above the trail. Overall, the Frankenstein Cliff Trail was challenging for sure. Extraordinary November weather made this hike phenomenal. Fine for a beginner as long as you’re in shape. Park in the lot and the falls are about 1.6 miles and 800' vertical feet away, at least that's what the old trail did. Yes, there are roots and rocks, but go at a comfortable place and you'll be fine. We decided to do this trail and do the whole loop with the Frankenstein Cliff trail. Northeast Hikes is on the hunt for the best New England hiking in Maine and New Hampshire, from Katahdin to Mt. Since we’ve given the Arethusa Falls Trail hike the rating of “Family Hike,” you can draw the appropriate conclusion that it’s feasible for all ages; however, bear in mind that it is a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. At 1.3 miles, the trail intersects the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail. Arethusa Falls (CNN) A man died while hiking a trail in a New Hampshire state park Saturday, making for the third hiking/climbing-related fatality within a … Difficulty: Family Hike You can learn more on alltrails.com. Cascades. Nestled into the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park off Route 302 in Harts Location, Arethusa Falls is regarded by many as the best scenic waterfall in New Hampshire. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Arethusa Falls Trail to Arethusa Falls Spur Trail. Fun hike but definitely a challenge. Follow this spur for 0.2 mile as it drops 100 feet in elevation. The Bemis Brook Trail requires snowshoes, even if you are only planning to come down that way. Got to the Cliff with no spikes. Overall a beautiful and challenging hike. We went clockwise. Contacts. This trail can be pretty muddy during wet times. That’s why we were so surprised when we learned of Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In any case, they are very impressive. Learn more about Northeast Hikes here, and please feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions or feedback on this site. Follow the blue blazes that mark the trail. If you enjoyed this article, please check out my book, Arethusa Falls Trail Hike in Crawford Notch, NH. There’s a private residence at the end of the road, and the trailhead is accessed by crossing the train tracks and staying to the left of this property. Nº 1 sur 3 choses à voir/à faire à Hart's Location. For the small price of some steeper climbing, the Bemis Brook Trail adds two more waterfalls to the hike. Cascades . The trail follows Bemis Brook for about .4 miles and rejoins the Arethusa Falls trail after parting from the Brook. The hike from the parking lot to the falls was only about 1.5 miles with a modest elevation gain of about 800 feet. Time: 1.5 – 3 hours (round trip) You’ll eventually need to turn right and hike down a series of stairs down to the falls and Bemis Brook, but the turn is well signed and you can’t miss it. At the junction of Arethusa Falls Trail and Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail, there is also a spur path that leads left down to the base of the falls. Arethusa Falls Trail Hike in Crawford Notch, NH by Daren Worcester 1 Nestled into the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park off Route 302 in Harts Location, Arethusa Falls is regarded by many as the best scenic waterfall in New Hampshire. The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. Once we started heading thrown towards Arethusa Falls the spikes went in and stayed on for the duration. 2 trails Trail Notes. The hike up to the waterfall was great. Our initial plan was to hike Mount Washington, but it was so overcast that I decided it be best to do the Arethusa Falls Trail once the weather let up. At 1.3 miles, the trail intersects the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail.Continue to the left for Arethusa Falls, climbing a steeper set of steps before descending to the falls. This trail is far less traveled than Ripley Falls Trail or Arethusa Falls Trail. After just 0.1 miles you will see the Bemis Brook trail come up along the left. Arethusa Falls is a moderate hike leading to an amazing waterfall with flat rock to picnic on (in late summer). 127 avis. It's also a good trail for hiking with dogs. Arethusa Falls Trail This Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail (1.3 each way) from 302 in Crawford Notch. Check us out on Instagram for more hiking fun: I’m not sure what camera filter created this shot, but I thought it looked cool. This hike only trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. I would say 5 stars but the Falls, though beautiful and worth it, can get a bit crowded. Nobody at the Falls and we passed maybe 4 people on the way out to the Cliffs. Such a crazy hike. You’ll want to make sure everyone is up for it before heading out. Discounting the seasonal/ephemeral waterfalls, Arethusa Falls is believed to be the tallest single-drop waterfall that is trail-accessible in New England. The falls are likely around 160 feet high, though some sources, including the park poster above, lists them as 200 feet. The Frankenstein Cliff Trail heads north, while the Arethusa Falls Trail heads west — but if you have about 4-6 hours, you can hike them both in one big circuit. It clocked 5.2 miles. The shortest trek to the falls is via the Arethusa Falls Trail; you can also take the Bemis Brook Trail to the Arethusa Falls Trail. When we hiked to Frankenstein cliff trail, it was icy. Arethusa Falls is a popular hike in the White Mountains, and come winter it is a popular spot for ice climbing. The waterfall has the highest free fall drop of all NH waterfalls! A second option is to take the Bemis Brook Trail, which adds a little mileage but offers a scenic hike along the brook. Definitely wear sturdy shoes, pack water and a snack. The valley or "canyon" of Bemis Brook is somewhat narrow and steep-sided, resulting in a fairly heavy shading on the north-facing south wall of the valley. It's also a good trail for running with dogs. Arethusa Falls and Arethusa Falls Trail in NH Arethusa Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in New England! Lucked out with snow on trees and a rare sunny afternoon. Before reality TV, GPS devices, and dashboard computers, there was a coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. Continue to the left for Arethusa Falls, climbing a steeper set of steps before descending to the falls. We hiked this the day after Christmas when we got all the rain and warm weather....lots of wet slippery rocks and water crossings. I started this trail with the hard part first, which is the path to Frankenstein Cliffs, but most people recommend going the opposite direction and starting with the falls first. As we combed the internet in search for the right trail, Arethusa Falls caught our attention once we came across photos of ice climbers scaling the frozen cascade. They look identical from a distance making it very easy to lose the trail. The 1.4 mile hike into Arethusa is relatively easy. A 1.5-mile hike leads visitors to the base of Arethusa Falls. Wow! When we went the river crossings weren’t difficult at all, maybe a 1-2 rocks to skip and that’s it. But…if you’re a tourist who doesn’t hike or exercise frequently, be prepared to sweat your heinie off. The hike is rated as moderate to difficult, due to its steepness and tricky terrain. I chose to tackle Frankenstein Cliff first. Arethusa is covered in ice and snow, very beautiful. Highly recommend. Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail is a 2 mile blue wilderness trail trail located near Arethusa Falls Region New Hampshire. 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