Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Bartlett, NH: Travel north approximately 12 miles on US 302 to the park entrance. Soon after entering the park, you will see a parking lot on your left specifically for this waterfall trail.
We did this great trail counter clockwise. It is a great work out since the first part is pretty steep. The views from the summit are breathtaking. There was not a whole lot of water in the falls. Not many hikers on the Frankenstein part but it was heavily trafficked on the Arethusa part. Great hike!
Great trail. Moderate difficulty. I took my 1 year old dog on his first hike here 2 weeks ago and he loved it too! There wasn't much water to be seen at the falls because of the drought but I'll definitely be back!
Great trail. Took the Bemis trail along the brook and then a tough vertical climb to rejoin the main trail. Hung out at the falls for a bit to have lunch and then decided to not hike the cliffs but rather call it a day instead and return hike back to the lot. 10/10/16 was a chilly and windy day with plenty of sunshine. Maybe I'm a bit out of shape,lol. People much older then me were passing me by on the trail.
I am looking forward to completing the entire trail someday. Will be back.
What a beautiful day -- definitely challenging on the Frankenstein Cliff trail if you're going at a good speed but absolutely worth the climb for the views. I would definitely reccomend taking the side Falcon Cliff trail - secluded and stunning views. Great place to go in the fall to see the foliage!
This was an amazing hike! We hiked to the falls and then up on an unmarked trail to the very top. It's dry enough we could walk in the granite basin at the top of the falls, which was pretty amazing. Then came back down and finished the loop.
Lots of bees. I was stung and several others we ran into along the way were as well, so be wary of that and prepared if you are allergic
Hiked up to Arethusa Falls and back down (did not do the loop). It was a nice workout. Good elevation gain and was well worth the effort. The falls are beautiful!
Decent hike! It's on the easy side of moderate for rating. The waterfall is tiny due to lack of rain this year, but quite lovely hike anyway in early Fall. The trail is very shady in the tree canopy so no need for sunglasses!
Great hike! The falls were a little low due to the drought, but still spectacular. I'm not sure who rates these trails as easy, moderate, or difficult, but we did the full loop with the Frankenstain Cliff trail and the descent was quite challenging. I would not recommend going up the Frankenstein cliff trail. The reason I question the rating is because the next day we did another "moderate" trail, The Rob Brook Trail, and that one was just a walk in the woods with barely any change in elevation. So the hike was great, but more challenging than anticipated, and it took us a lot longer than we thought 4.3 miles would. The waterfall and the view on the cliff trail is definitely worth the effort though!
beautiful spots, awesome view - but really not recommendable with kids or sneakers, the grund is often really challenging!
Beautiful view at the falls! we took our dog and she did fine on it, steep in a few places.
Breath taking hike and the waterfall is beautiful :)
Gorgeous views! Well worth the effort.