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Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail

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Crawford Notch State Park

Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,627 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Snow
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    Waterfall

    Waterfall

    44.15547, -71.36858

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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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Whitney Luken
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Very good views of the foliage from Frankenstein Cliffs. Arethusa Falls were not running very strong but still beautiful. Went up Frankenstein Cliffs—trail was not very well marked in some parts. Challenging but still a good hike.

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Kevin Johnson
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Covered for the most part but a few nice viewpoints. Blazes are hard to find in the beginning if you start with the cliffs first.

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Kelsey Mcsheffrey
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Really enjoyed this hike. Recommend going up Frankenstein for more of a challenge and come down arethusa or bemis. Lots of families or arethusa, only saw a few groups on Frankenstein.

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Andrea Tipple
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This trail to me seems a bit more on the “moderate” side, and not “hard”. I went up the Frankenstein side first. It is very steep in the beginning, maybe for the first hour, but then the trail becomes a piece of cake. The view at Frankenstein Cliff was amazing. There were zero people as well, which was nice. The falls however were pretty crowded, and the water was really low, so the falls weren’t as magnificent as they could be, but that’s not their fault, we just need a good rainfall! Overall the trail is a good one.

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Buff Maniscalco
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Buff Maniscalco
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The trail up Frankenstein Cliffs from the railroad trestle need to be reblazed. It can be hard to follow. But other than that the trail was well worth the effort.

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Larissa Sandvil
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Ashley K
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Great views! The trail to the cliff was beautiful and barely any other hikers. The trail to the falls on the other hand was crowded but still beautiful as well!

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Bethany Landry
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We hiked up to Frankenstein cliff first, entering in the back of the parking lot and it was extremely steep, but the views were worth it. Also feel like it would’ve been a bit more difficult to climb down this way. Went on a Sunday afternoon and the trails to and from the falls were extremely busy, but otherwise was a great experience!

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Kristi Simpson
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HikingGreat!

completed this loop on saturday. we got there early, and had the falls and cliffs to ourselves. not much flow on the falls, but the trail condition was perfect, no bugs, and relatively easy assent to the cliffs.

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brit sh
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Trent Joseph
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BB Bonk
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Kitty Bousquet
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went on a Monday so not too crowded, however I did not go up to the falls themselves. it is quite rocky at some spots between parking lot & cliffs, I imagine it can get very muddy. not many bugs for late August. a nice challenge to train yourself for some of the bigger ones around White MTN Natl Forrest!

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Paul Strimpel
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Efraim Aizenman
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Shawn Sherwood
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Good trail! Bit steep in spots and a really nice view up top. The falls are nice but too many tourist there hiking with FLIP FLOPS....

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Lucille Benedict
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The trail was beautiful. Hiking near the falls was really busy, and lots of discarded masks in the woods :(

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Jennifer Munzner
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We did Arethusa falls last year in a rain storm so we had skipped Frankenstein cliff. This year we took the path to the cliff first and then went on to the falls. I'm so glad we went in this direction, I would have had trouble descending from Frankenstein cliff, although I had sneakers rather than my hiking boots. We could see the cliff from our car and then our tiny car from the cliff. It was a beautiful view. The falls were nice and not too crowded in the middle of a Monday afternoon. Took us about 3 1/2 hours total.

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Mary Woodruff
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Ziv Biron
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Nice walk up to the falls.

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Brian Manter
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It was a great hike. Definitely challenging but the view was worth it. Must see in this area!!!

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Lisa Curley
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Loved it!!

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Meagan Johnson
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Meagan Johnson
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