Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail

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Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

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.

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2 days ago

This hike was a nightmare with family and it was a trainreck!!!!!i have no idea why this is moderate this deserves an xtra xtra hard status!!!the whole hike is straight up your better off mountain climbing it!!!

hiking
7 days ago

Enjoyed the hike. Went up Frankenstein first. About 1 hour. The first view is the best. Then to the falls. And out. About 4 hours all together including lunch and breaks. Advantage of doing Frankenstein first is that you get the hard climbing out of the way. The advantage of doing the waterfall first is that Frankenstein cliffs view is a nice reward before you head down to end the trip.

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8 days ago

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14 days ago

A challenging and satisfying hike. Went up Frankenstein then down Arethusa per Ranger's recommendation. Wonderful scenery.

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19 days ago

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20 days ago

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20 days ago

taking frankenstein's cliff then the waterfall is a pretty grueling hike. you're straight up for much of the hike, then when you think you're going down to the waterfall, it's up another peak!

the view from the cliff and the waterfall is well worth it! do the waterfall first!

hiking
20 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes. Great views.

22 days ago

Very cool hike, started at the Frankenstein cliff trail head and made our way up, on the way we came by a train trestle that you could hike to the top of and get some good views. After we made it to Frankenstein cliff which was a very good view, we continued the loop around and saw a sign for falcon cliff which was .5 miles and headed that way, it was an okay view over the main cliff. Then headed down the loop to the falls, very cool waterfall but it was jam packed. Very good hike to kill a few hours.

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23 days ago

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25 days ago

Despite the rain this hike was great. The waterfall made the whole trip worth it. We went on a weekend so it was more crowded than I would've liked but absolutely worth the trip!

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27 days ago

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29 days ago

We did arathusa falls only and it was great. Mild terrain but the waterfall was a huge reward in itself. Great way to spend a hot afternoon.

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30 days ago