Aresthusa Falls

Harts Location, NH
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 4.8/5]

The trail starts at the end of Arethusa Falls Rd, across the railroad tracks (the scenic railroad runs spring through fall and caution should be used while crossing the train tracks. The trail continues into the woods with an option to follow Bemis Brook for a nice hike next to the stream. Continue straight on the Arethusa Falls trail following a logging road and gaining some elevation before a bridge crossing a brook. After about a mile you will reach a sign for a spur trail to Arethusa Falls. Take a left and descend (steeply) for .2 miles until you reach the falls. To return go back up the spur trail to the junction and retrace your trail back down the Arethusa Falls Trail.

Opt for the Arethusa-Ripley Trail to Frankenstein Cliff Trail for a 4.3 mile adventure with more waterfalls and cliff top views!


Submitted by: Elizabeth Wall

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 850 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights


Arethusa Falls is NH highest waterfall at 160 feet! The trail goes to the bottom of the falls where there are lots of rocks for picnics. Small children should be tended to be careful around the water

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is available at a free upper and lower lot on the Arethusa Falls Rd, which is off the west side of Rt-302.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 4.8/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

From the West (North Conway): Follow US 302 East for approximately 20 miles and then turn right onto Arethusa Falls Rd, just before you reach the Willey House.

From the East (Franconia): Follow US 302 West for approximately 30 miles and then turn left onto Arethusa Falls Rd, just past the Willey House.