Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook Trail

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Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

views

waterfall

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Beautiful scenery, and waterfalls were incredible. Huge, and ice is thick enough you can walk close to the falls and see the water running underneath.

Icy trail (after rain and hard freeze and significant foot traffic). Would not do Bemis Brook without crampons. Blue-blazed trail running straight to the falls is doable or even easy without them, though difficult in spots.

hiking
26 days ago

Thought I would need snow shoes but that’s not the case today. Had the it to myself and the fall was so beautiful

28 days ago

A gorgeous hike to a magnificent waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

I thought it was a pretty easy hike (besides the icyness towards the top) for one of the most gorgeous waterfalls I've ever seen. The chipmunks and squirrels were so cute :) Stop and take a moment to smell the Balsam fir needles, just like christmas, not sure if they're only fragrant in the winter? It was like a dream, go see the beauty for yourself!

4 months ago

Wonderful trail

4 months ago

One really step uphill which felt more like rock climbing than hiking, but otherwise one of the easier "moderate" trails. Somewhat narrow but very passable for our party of 3, plus 1 dog. Stops at all the falls offer a great rest break if you're getting tired, and the main attraction at Arethusa is breathtaking! Beautiful photos to be had, and just generally a nice spot to sit and cool off after a hike.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on Saturday so a lot of people. So if u'll come early - will find parking spot. Otherwise you need to park on the road or wait. As I said - a lot of people. We were hiking with our puppy Labrador retriever and we had a lot of stops just to let people go as the trail is some points is narrow. Didn't enjoy at all. Wouldn't recommend to go with a dog if you are good hiker. Better to find other hiking trails. Though on the back to a parking lot we found 2 or 3 waterfalls. There weren't any people so at least our puppy could refresh himself :)

5 months ago

the 1st bridge was out, but there is a detour on the right. Nice falls.

5 months ago

We didnt make it, met people coming back, they said that the bridge is broken and there is no way to get to the falls. Its interesting why weren't any signes at the beginning about broken bridge.

hiking
5 months ago

There are really two routes, one that is mostly on a very clear path along some modest rocks: this "blue dot" trail leads directly to the falls. And another yellow dot trail, which is the Bemis Brook, which follows along the water. This one is much more difficult and while it "meets up" with the other trail, it does require a fairly steep climb up rocky terrain (where the trail seems to "disappear" as one reviewer put it). Follow the yellow dots and you'll meet back up with the blue dot trail to the falls. The bonus of the extra hard work is seeing two small water falls and some nice pools. It's a beautiful hike and worth the extra effort. But don't be fooled, it's more difficult and probably not for little children (especially if you want to continue up the blue trail to the falls).

hiking
5 months ago

a bit tough, but totally worth it!! breathtaking views.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a very nice hike. Brought two 3 year olds and they were able make it all the way in. The way back they were too tired so they were held most of the way.
The falls are definitely worth the trek. There were some flat areas to picnic if you wanted to sit and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with beautiful Waterfalls. Bemis trail was a little tougher then the main trail. But, you get to see two extra Waterfalls on that trail, so it's worth the extra work. Main trail is very heavily traveled with lots of young children and dogs.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike to the falls. Absolutely beautiful! We had a lovely day hanging by the water.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great falls
Well kept easy trails

hiking
6 months ago

Love the waterfall!

walking
6 months ago

Excellent trail and well worth the hike! Waterfall is gorgeous!

7 months ago

Beautiful

8 months ago

We were mislead into thinking we went up the Bemis Creek trail and then proceed to Aruthesa Falls! there were many people turning around because the climb was not marked and a possible trail looked more like a rockslide than a trail. we had to go back to the fork in the trail and proceed upward from there to Aruthesa Falls! We enjoyed the Falls!

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