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Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire

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Arethusa Falls is a waterfall in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. 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.Arethusa Falls was discovered by Edward Tuckerman in 1875. It was named after the nymph Arethusa, daughter of Nereus. At the time, the falls were measured to be 176ft tall, but the Appalachian Mountain Club now estimates the height at 140ft.The falls are located within Crawford Notch State Park and are accessible by means of the 1.5mi Arethusa Falls Trail from U.S. Route 302.
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  • My family (2 teenagers plus mini labradoodle) enjoyed this hike, even in the rain. Most of it is under tree cover so we didn't get too wet and presumably it would not be too sunny, if the sun had been...  more »
  • A 3 mile round trip hike to a great waterfall. Trail was busy as we headed back around 11am but not too busy on our hike out. The Bemis Brook path was our favorite and worth the side trip. We are freq...  more »
  • Despite the efforts to see the falls, weren't enough the 20 minutes of brisk walking argued that it was said it was necessary to do. The way uphill, it's a bit tiring and takes about an hour to get to see the falls.
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