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3 days ago

A wonderful history lesson surrounded by the beauty of Concord. Where it all began. Very sentimental. It was an honor to walk in the steps of the minute men and I enjoyed all of the detailed signs pointing out everything. Lovely bridge with birds landing and making for a great picture by the lake. Enjoyable! Not difficult at all. Nice flat surfaces mostly.

Went for an easy hike with my dog. He loved it. The water was high because of all the rain so we couldn’t make it past a certain part of the trail where the river had come up. Beautiful and easy though.

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
1 month ago

Would definitely come back!

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

Lot’s to choose from, but not well marked.

walking
1 month ago

We took the fur kid here. It was a very pretty walk. Easy, flat and not many people. I was a chilly day so that may have had something to do w it. If you’re ever in the area it is a great place to walk w your fur kid, or by yourself!!

Easy loop with beautiful views, especially in the fall.

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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very nice for family walking, biking, etc.

Nice hike! Took about 2 hours to walk both ways. Scenic view and a decent beginner trail.

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.

Me and my dog loved the place !

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. It was moderately busy but it is to be expected at the start of a holiday weekend. Loved being surrounded by all the history.

There are so many great trails at this park. Also a working farm with a ice cream stand. This has become my favorite walking spot!

Was an overall good trail. Parts got kind of wet where there wasn’t a clear way to get across other than to take your shoes off or try to balance on the few rocks above the water.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice level trail. Moderate traffic with dogs. Will be beautiful when foliage is peak

Lower fall was gorgeous. Overall trial was really nice. Definitely need to watch your step and keep an eye on the yellow trail tags. You snake along the river the whole way. At about the half way point the trail changes to being extremely overgrown and narrow. I wasn’t trying to end up with a bunch of ticks on me this time of year so i turned around here. Got pretty muddy at that point too.

Loved it!!

Beautiful hike however encroaching construction towards the far end of the trail makes the path hard to follow. But it was certainly an adventure!

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 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.

Loved it my dog had so much fun running in and out of the water. The bugs weren’t to bad as long as u don’t stop for a long break!

2 months ago

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