Snowshoe to Arethusa Falls via Bemis Brook Trail

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Snowshoe to New Hampshire's tallest waterfall!

Arethusa Falls is a popular hike in the White Mountains, and come winter it is a popular spot for ice climbing. The falls are located in Crawford Notch State Park and is the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire (between 140-200 feet). Following the Bemis Brook Trail to Arethusa Falls will add a few other frozen falls to your hike before ultimately reaching Arethusa Falls.

The trailhead is located just off of US-302 and is also the trailhead for the Frankenstein Cliffs. No day use fee is required, however donations are appreciated to help maintain the trail. The trail for Arethusa Falls begins across the train tracks near a private home. After just 0.1 miles you will see the Bemis Brook trail come up along the left. Take this trail for 0.5 miles along Bemis Brook. 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. After the last falls, the trail turns right and climbs up steeply to rejoin the Arethusa Falls Trail. For the remainder of the hike to Arethusa Falls the trail climbs moderately and crosses a few streams along the way. Eventually you reach the 0.2 mile spur trail that descends to Arethusa Falls. The Falls can be viewed closer up if the river is sufficiently frozen. If not, the bottom of the trail provides an amazing view.

Pack List

  • Snowshoes and/or microspikes
  • Water
  • Warm layers
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • 10 essentials
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 853 Feet
Activities Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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