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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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  • September 6, 2017
    I would give this short hike a 10/10. The hike itself is an hour in and an hour out, although it did not take an hour in and it definitely did not take an hour out. It's a pretty easy hike with not to...  more »
  • September 5, 2017
    We took the Bemis Brook side trail in order to view a couple more falls. They were beautiful and a great build up to Arethusa Falls. What the guidebooks don't tell you about the side trail is that in ...  more »
  • August 31, 2017
    Beautiful hiking. About 45 min to 1 hour. The climb is quickly a couple of places. The fall is impressive. We can continue after by the Frankenstein cliff Trail. About 2.1 miles to get to the top. Impressive to see the departure of the Summit car park. Do not get caught by a few not too impressive stops. Her down approximately 2.8 miles. Is doing well, but winding path. A beautiful cliff rocks to see.
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