Arethusa Falls is one of the most legendary waterfalls in New Hampshire and its famous for featuring the tallest continuous drop in the state. It is unclear the exact height of this horsetail waterfall, but most estimates say between 160-200 feet. At 200 feet, the waterfall would be listed as the third tallest in New Hampshire, behind Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade.
Arethusa Falls can be found along Bemis Brook which flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall during the spring to witness the most watershed, Arethusa Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. Many visitors say fall is the best season to visit because the foliage surrounding the waterfall is always amazing to see!
The waterfall is conveniently located off Route 302 in the town of Harts Location at the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park. The Arethusa Falls Trail brings hikers directly to the waterfall and it passes Coliseum Falls. The trail is 2.8 miles out and back, well-marked, and rated as moderate. The trail is kid-friendly and dogs are allowed to hike Arethusa Falls Trail while on a leash.
Many visitors of Arethusa Falls will also check out the legendary Frankenstein Trestle via the Arethusa Waterfall and Frankenstein Cliff Loop or out-and-back just on the Frankenstein Trestle Trail.
- Height: 160-200 feet
- Type: Horsetail
- Water source: Bemis Brook
- Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible
Arethusa Falls Location
- Park: Crawford Notch State Park
- Address: Crawford Notch Road
- Town: Hart’s Location
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: 44.147551, -71.385391
- Parking Notes: There is a small parking lot at the trailhead which can hold about a dozen cars. Additional parking can be found a few hundred yards away, just off Crawford Notch Road. This parking lot is far larger. It can hold about 50 cars.
- Parking Directions: HERE
- Location Directions: HERE
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