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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5 days ago

Very nice.

7 days ago

Hike to falls was moderate, but the steep ascent to the Frankenstein Cliff was more challenging. Views were definitely worth it. Some of the rocks on the way down were slick ... needed to be very careful!

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8 days ago

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9 days ago

no idea why this is classified as hard.

hiked 17 Jun 17 after a rainstorm. trail was in good condition. 7am is a wonderful time, no one else was there.

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11 days ago

loved the view from both the falls, as well as the cliffs. the loop trail from falls to cliff is tough, but well worth it.

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12 days ago

Hiked only the falls, 2 hrs in and out. Very rewarding. Great uphill trail, well marked, extremely rocky. Walking stick (s) recommended for those less conditioned.

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14 days ago

Did this trail a while ago, wasn't really in shape so I went to the falls, and turned back. Trail got very steep after the falls and I just wasn't feeling it. The trail to the falls is moderate, but fun. Plan to go back to complete the loop

15 days ago

15 days ago

15 days ago

Water proof boots will make life easier but are not a deal breaker. I would not want to do this in sneakers, good ankle support helps. We took FC on the way up and hit the falls on the way back. Tougher up hill, but easier on the knees to take the less steep way down. Love this hike!

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15 days ago

Loved this hike! It was super hot for mid June but rewarding. We started on the blue trail for Arethusa Falls then continued on the yellow trail for Frankenstein Cliff. The waterfall is heavily trafficked, so I would suggest getting there early and stopping there first, which is what we did. Great views on the cliff. Beautiful hike and for what if offers, its not all that long for experienced hikers nor is it too challenging.

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16 days ago

While I didn't get over to the Frankenstein Cliff trail, I did do the Bemis Brook trail and then re-connected with the Arethusa Falls trail. The section of trail that connects from the Coliseum Falls to Arethusa Falls trail is a very steep stretch. It was worth pushing through that, though. The 3 falls were great to see and to photograph. Would recommend doing the Bemis Brook portion, and hope to get the Frankenstein cliff trail in another time.

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16 days ago

Sweet reward at the end of the trail !

16 days ago

Beautiful falls... continued to Frankenstein cliffs...great hike

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