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Nice long walk, some slow incline and decline, nice scenery. great for biking. could rate higher but for the traffic. Usually some people nearby that don't know the benefits of peace and quiet and talk talk talk. Best in evening for less people. Castle nearby has events too.

Hiked on 10/26/18–small amounts of snow and places of ice on higher elevations. Excellent hike—more moderate than hard for elevation gain. Many roots and some rocks. Take the Bemis trail to see two additional falls and walk the Falcon ridge cut off for an additional scenic view. Arethusa falls great to see amongst the ice. Part way along the Frankenstein cliff trail before the falcon ridge cut off you’ll be able to get an excellent view of Mt. Washington.

walking
24 days ago

Quick trail to walk. Nice waterview at the pond.

walking
24 days ago

This was a nice trail to walk. The waterview was pleasant. Spotted a couple toms and a doe. Unfortunately picked up multiple ticks also so do a thorough tick check when your done.

Nice hike, river view and historic markers. We took our 4 year old grandson and had fun teaching him how to identify the different types of trees and leaves, moss mushrooms. Picnic tables and small grills available and a playground. Only complaint would be about the hikers that let their dogs off leash.

Beautiful scenic hike offering steep terrain in areas and views that make it worth it.

Easy hike with a small castle on the top of the hill. Plenty of parking. Lots of downed trees.

hiking
30 days ago

We took the fur kid on a little “camping” adventure. We found a cute little place w a tiny homes. This seems like a nice place to take Max. He can b a bit skittish and the reviews said that not too many people used it. We like taking him places he can go off leash! The first 100 ft or so we weren’t sure where the path was. But we finally saw the pink trail markers on the trees. Initially is was a bit confusing, it didn’t look like the trails were used very much. But then it became easier to see. It was a little chilly and the canopy was thick so there wasn’t much sun, but I’m sure when the weather is hot the shade would b nice!! There was some moving water, which we prefer for Max if he needs to take a drink, so it isn’t stagnant. We came across a bridge w a pretty view. After the bridge the it became more steep, we weren’t in the mood to go overboard so we decided to turn back. It was a nice quiet walk. So if you’re looking for somewhere where u don’t feel like running into a lot of people, just want to b 1 w nature, or u have a dog that is part chicken this is a good place to bring them!!

Great place ❤️

The approach sets the stage for the end result....strenuous approach that invites a period of quiet reflection while you rest your legs.

We started on the falls side, including Bemis which is beautiful. After the big falls we met the Frankenstein, on to Falcon Cliff and then the overlook on the way down. The colors were amazing and the trail was practically empty. Some steep parts, but also some flat sections.

Definitely a must if you live in NH. The waterfall is beautiful.

Went up Arethusa trailhead and took the Bemis brook route (much more scenic and recommend) The falls were great for photos and a nice snack. Then continued to Frankstein Cliff. You will reach a fork, left will lead to Ripley falls right will bring you to Frankstein Cliff. Continue .8 miles to the cliff view point. Great views of Crawford notch and Mnt Bemis! Continue down some somewhat steep terrian till the terrace crossing of the railroad (great place for photos if you venture to the railway bridge). After that point it's a short .3 miles back to the parking lot! Great waterfalls, decent views, great photos opportunities for an easy hike.

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From the upper parking lot the Arethusa Falls Trail (blue blazes) starts to the left after the train tracks. Shortly up the trail the Bemis Brook Trail (yellow blazes) splits off and rejoins further up the hill. From the split the Bemis Brook Trail looks like the easier/flatter trail but this is misconceiving as the altitude gain at the end of the trail is very steep to regain the Arethusa Falls Trail which is more of a steady incline. Reaching the falls is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in New Hampshire and well worth the hike. It takes a little over an hour to get up and about 45 minutes to come straight back down (non-loop).

The trail itself has a bit of wash out and wear. So I would recommend a walking stick. It can also be narrow in places making two-way traffic crowded so be sure to be courteous to your fellow hikers.

Very nice. Just exactly what our family of four needs for an afternoon of exercise.

Hiked up the Cliff Trail and returned via the Falls Trail. The Cliff Trail turns right shortly before the tracks and follows yellow blazes. It is easy to miss that turn and to keep going uphill to the railroad tracks, cross and continue up a little used, unmapped trail that continues up the hill. Hike is mostly in the forest with a few open ledges for views. I'd rate the hike moderate rather than difficult. About 4 hours for the loop including a 45 minute stop for lunch at the Falls. I recommend adding the Bemis Trail on the way back to view the Coliseum and Bemis Falls. I'd avoid the loop in wet weather, many roots and rocks to slip on.

I went up the cliff path first so I wouldn’t have to on the way down... those first couple miles were tough! But it was really refreshing getting to the waterfall right near the end. The rest was a breeze after that!

A great hike with a beautiful payoff at the top!

This park provides a nice combination of tall woodlands, farmland views and riverside vistas. The River Run and Bridal Loop trails will give you a full sweep of the park, but there are multiple short trails running east-and-west between them if you want to cut the hike short. There are a couple of small climbs but it’s mostly flat trekking. A nice afternoon getaway.

I must be old. My Yorkie and I were exhausted! Great place.

This trail has a variety of scenery and is not heavily traveled. We hopped onto this after taking the Bemis Brook and Arthusa Falls trails. The climbs are decent, if you are a newer hiker just take your time and it will be fine. The ridge top has a nice view. Be careful on the climb down (or the climb up if starting on the trail head.) This had a lot of small gravel and was a bit slick even in dry weather and with hiking boots. Would not recommend wearing sneakers on this trail if you can avoid it.

Great trail to walk with the dog. Labeled well. Enjoyed our walk meet a couple other dogs on the route. So nice that they have a big parking lot for people to park in. Quick reminder remember bug spray.

loved the water fall!!!

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

walking
3 months ago

Great walk easy paved path, they were making some repairs while we were there. Took the baby in the hiking pack and had no worries. Lots of scenic spots and plenty of benches.

I absolutely love this trail....we did the cliff walk and the fisherman's walk what I'm upset about is the fact there's NO WHERE to park! we got there early but every place was marked permit parking only. we parked on a lawn type lot that wasn't marked but others were parked as well. we did the hike which totaled 3.5 miles. we brought bathing suits to go on the beach as it was 90 degrees out so when when we got back to the car to get our suits we were told we couldn't park there and would have to leave it was by permit only. I said well there's no signs. and she said there are signs now I just finished putting them up. she told us to park on the road. I said there's signs there too saying permit only and she said oh well. so we drove around looking for any place else to park. there's no place! two streets over in the signs said 2 hour parking. we left and went to old orchard beach instead. that is the 4th trail ive gone to through this app that had no parking.

Great 3 hour hike. Recommend heading towards Frankenstein cliffs first. Steep climb through shaded area that pops you out onto gorgeous outlooks. It had just rained a day prior to this climb so Arethusa falls was going strong. There are a lot of side paths to other falls and small pools, so if you have time to explore, you could easily make this into a full half day hike.

We went to Frankenstein Cliffs first. I felt it was better to do it this way because of the steep incline. Great view from the cliff and excellent water falls!

This trait is not easy to follow. We went up the cliff side, but got lost around the railroad track. There was a fallen bushy tree on the trail, so we didn't realize that was the way to go. We also realized on our way up, we had strayed from the actual trail. Besides it not being marked well, it's a great moderate hike- there are a couple strenuous parts on the way up the cliff, but after the cliff it's pretty easy. Great view and beautiful waterfall (which can be quite crowded). We also accidentally left a tomahawk on the cliff trail before it gets really steep if anyone wants to try to find it.

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