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Beautiful scenery, great mix of inclines flat trails and plenty of other hikers along the trail to say hi to or show a quick smile. Took my two teenagers with me, and even after a few huffs and puffs, they were eager to keep going and very proud to get to the top.
Even though they said they wouldn’t do it again(big surprise), I will gladly do this again and be as happy doing it like the first time.
Definitely worth the trip and exercise!

Nice shaded and mostly flat trail. Great trail for the dogs with several creeks to drink out of and play in along the way. Water was crystal clear. Moderate amount of traffic but not too crowded at all with plenty of parking.

Absolutely awesome trail! We took Bemis Trail and rejoined the Arethusa Falls trail, but came back down Arethusa and I highly recommend this route. After seeing the two smaller waterfalls on Bemis and heading up, it is a very steep climb, but we successfully completed it with a 4, 8, and 9 year old. It was challenging for someone a tad out of shape, but well worth it. As others have stated, I think coming down Bemis would need to be slow going.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

walking
5 days ago

That was a great little family hike. Lots of cold water pools to lay around in and 4 leaves up or so there was a hole that was about 2 ½ feet wide by 3 ½ feet long and about 10 feet deep. Jumped in with my arms by my side. What a rush. The hike is easy. Parking was a problem so get there early.

Very cute, very short, tons of people

Nice, quick hike with tons of roots and mud along the way. The waterfall was beautiful! This trail is between easy/moderate, mostly for the quick elevation gain and small parts with climbing. Not bad, but watch your kids on the narrow parts.

walking
8 days ago

Very easy with stunning falls and impeccably maintained paths and bridges. Short but worthwhile.

walking
9 days ago

Had a great time on this trail; I’m used to walking considerable distances but the elevation gains of other hikes in the White Mountains took some getting used to, so this relatively flat trail was nice and relaxing. Forest cover follows you from the parking lot to the falls, which keeps the trail nice and cool. Brought two dogs (one seven years old and one nine months old) and they both had a great time. Water was cool and refreshing, one of the best feeling swims I’ve ever had!

great short hike with the pup, lots of beautiful views

Fantastic scenery

Great hike. Heavily trafficked trail for all uses. Went on a Sunday and there were hikers, joggers, bikes and a few groups. A bit busier then I would have liked but beautiful scenery and the falls is a nice spot to take a break before heading back.

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. Well maintained with very little litter anywhere, beautiful views, easy trail. Absolutely loved it even in the rain and would do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
14 days ago

More an amble than a hike (lots of kids in flipflops on the trail), the falls are beautiful both above and below, but at least on the weekend day that we went were VERY crowded.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail. We walked with our 7 and 5 year olds and a toddler in a carrier. It took us almost 5.5 hours as we walked super slow and made a lot of stops along the way. We lost the trail twice - near the same location on the way there and back but found the trail again quite easily. I highly recommend.

Breathtaking!

So romantic to do with your boo ;)

Short hike to falls- first part of the trail could even be accessed by wheelchair or with a stroller. Climb up higher on the path to get up to the top of the group of falls. Small waterfalls and natural rock slides - good for all ages but can be very slippery so watch the little ones.
Gets very busy on nice days, go early or go when it’s raining to avoid the crowds.

Beautiful. Calming. You must experience the powerful spray at the base of the waterfall.

Great trail for a quick hike! Three females in our late 20s - we found the moderate rating accurate considering some parts of this trail are very steep but very manageable for us three. We are all in decent shape and had to stop twice to sip some water and catch our breath after the steep sections. There is the Bemis trail that rejoins the Arethusa Falls trail - Bemis was much steeper than Arethusa and it also included a section where you have to climb up tree roots about ~15 feet. I would NOT recommend going DOWN Bemis. (We hiked up Bemis and down Arethusa). It took 1 hour to get to Arethusa Falls including our stops. We also stopped for a minute or so at two different smaller falls that were just as beautiful as the large waterfall. We ate lunch by the large falls and spent about 20 minutes there. It was fairly crowded at Arethusa Falls with all the hikers basking in this natural beauty. This was on a Wednesday the first week of August. About 40 minutes back down to the trail head, so about 2 hours total including lunch. Will be hiking here again!

hiking
20 days ago

Super easy and absolutely beautiful! Definitely my favorite, it was such a quick easy walk to the falls and it was such an amazing view!

This was a perfect easy hike for my kids (9 & 5) and parents (in their 60s) to enjoy together. Pretty scenery, well marked, easy.

Fantastic short hike you can squeeze into any busy day. The falls is one of the most beautiful serene settings with its blue-green waters and ethereal ledges above it. Truly one of my favorite hikes!

Very crowded, couldn’t park. Turned around. Disappointing, as we have hiked here a few years back and enjoyed it thoroughly.

We took the Bremis trail going up and we totally enjoyed the 3 smaller Falls on the way. But we were unprepared for the steep hike up to join the Arethusa Falls trail and the long way still to go to get to the Falls. As older hikers and photographers, we took our time and were rewarded with the most awesome of waterfalls. Well worth the aches and pains. FYI- Sat morning- to afternoon, the Falls / trail were extremely crowded with kids dogs etc., maybe because it was the first sunny day in a long time.

walking
24 days ago

Fun spot! A must stop for a familiy..
Crowdy, parking was full at noon.
And like the other comment please bring back your trash

hiking
24 days ago

Short and very easy hiking. Great for the real young kids.

This is a nice easy nature trail, great for families of any age. And a super pretty waterfall for such an easy walk! Definitely would go again, I think it was even nicer because of all the rain we’ve had lately.

hiking
26 days ago

Fun trail, definitely some moderate spots. Be careful as the blazes are not always evident.

Great hike, but definitely a moderate rating. Very busy at mid-day Saturday. I took the Bemis Brook "Yellow" trail going in, and the folks behind me were similarly mistaken: we both thought it was easiest for dogs. There is a decent rock-scramble that will kick your butt. I would say I'm on the slower side and took us round trip about 3-4 hours that's with stopping once on the way up to feed a baby, and a good rest at the falls. Well worth it, absolutely stunning falls. I cant wait to go back in the fall. I did see small children doing this trail, and they were doing a lot better than me!

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