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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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  • Hike is definitely moderate, the falls are cool and it's fun to climb around the boulders at the bottom of the falls. Extremely nice if you get a clear fall day. If you take the loop so that you go to...  more »
  • My husband and I hiked the Frankenstein Cliff/Arethusa Falls Loop yesterday (thankfully a day before the Arctic blast came into NH). While the Arethusa Falls trail alone may be a "family hike," the lo...  more »
  • Not a terribly challenging hike as the trail is well-maintained, but certainly a decent incline as you head to the falls. The more hearty members of our group scrambled out onto the boulders for a clo...  more »
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  • I come here almost every year. The falls are at their best early spring. It very muddy up the trail. The foot bridges are really nice and this is a bit of a hard trail especially if you go to the brook trail to the left. This was done with my dog. Even a few challenges for her as well but we always have a great time. The falls are always impressive!! Very busy at the top especially on weekends.
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