Snowshoe to Arethusa Falls via Bemis Brook Trail

    Rate this Adventure 2.8 miles 853 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Allison Herreid

    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.

    Read More
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly

    Go Pro.

    We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

    Learn More


    Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

    Stay Nearby

    Jackson, New Hampshire

    Doublehead Cabin

    Jefferson, New Hampshire

    Sugarloaf 2 Campground

    Albany, New Hampshire

    Russell Colbath Barn

    Jackson, New Hampshire

    Black Mountain Cabin

    Nearby Adventures

    Hike to Frankenstein Cliffs

    5 mi / 1400 ft gain

    Rappelling at Ripley Falls

    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain

    Hike Mt. Crawford

    5 mi

    Snowshoe Mount Jackson

    5.2 mi / 2300 ft gain
    More Nearby Adventures