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Arethusa Falls Out and Back

Intermediate
 4.1 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This moderate trail takes you to the tallest waterfall in the White Mountains.


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

73%

Runnable

2,115' 645 m

High

1,324' 403 m

Low

868' 265 m

Up

869' 265 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

A nice and mellow run that is great for families. The three mile round trip to the falls makes for a pleasant outing.

Description

The trail starts at the top of a short road off Route 302, across railroad tracks. Right from the beginning, it's very easy to follow the blue blazes that mark the trail. Expect a fairly consistent and steady uphill over plenty of rocks and roots. At 0.1 miles, you have the option to take the Bemis Brook Trail, which rejoins the Arethusa Falls Trail at 0.6 miles. At 1.3 miles, the trail intersects the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail. Continue to the left for Arethusa Falls, climbing a steeper set of steps before descending to the falls.

The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. It's also a good trail for running with dogs. Dogs are recommended to be leashed, but not required.

It takes about an hour from the trailhead to the falls at a moderate pace. Generally, the air temperature at the falls is refreshingly cooler than the rest of the trail.

Note: There's not much room at the falls, and we found it to be quite crowded because it is a reasonable trail for families, and we used it on a holiday weekend. There is a reasonable amount of elevation gain, and although short enough to be completed by families and small children, consider proper footwear for running over rocky trail versus a flat path.

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Shared By:

Carl Lambrecht with improvements by Liz

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Arethusa Falls, the highest waterfall in the White Mountains, awaits at the end of the Arethusa Falls Trail.
Jul 4, 2017 near Livermore, NH
Amazing rockscapes with stream/falls.
Oct 10, 2020 near Jackson, NH
One of several beautiful spots on this trail.
Oct 10, 2020 near Livermore, NH
Wonderful spot to have lunch or a break on the stream.
Oct 10, 2020 near Livermore, NH
Arethusa Falls
Sep 21, 2019 near Livermore, NH
Coliseum Falls via the Bemis Brook Trail.
Jun 26, 2020 near Jackson, NH

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Jul 22, 2019
Melissa Hurlburt
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