Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook and Arethusa Falls Trails

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Crawford Notch State Park

Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook and Arethusa Falls Trails is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is 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: 784 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
muddy
15 hours ago

Beautiful day, great trail and an amazing waterfall at the end!!!

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Great trail! Hiked 5/24/2020 Bemis brings you by Fawn Pool instead of straight up to the falls like the other trail. It had minor sections of mud. Nothing you can’t work around. After you leave the area by fawn pool there’s a short portion that’s pretty steep and rocky but only takes maybe 5 minutes. Might not be the best section to take a child up on. We went up that way and down the other trail. It’s a pretty easy trail overall and the falls was beautiful. Snow is gone. Falls area is a little chilly but refreshing. Great hike overall and highly recommend.

hiking
muddy
snow
9 days ago

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Terrific hike and really beautiful waterfall at the end. It took us just under an hour to get to the top. Only thing to note is that most people we encountered were not wearing facemasks and weren't that concerned with social distancing. We brought our masks, but were one of the few. I noted that it was muddy, but only slightly.

hiking
icy
14 days ago

Beautiful hike, nice and easy going. Used some microspikes at the top today but there is very little snow and ice left. The falls are a sight to see, they wont disappoint!

hiking
muddy
snow
16 days ago

Trail had some muddy spots on upper half. Few places had packed snow in trail but could navigate around pretty easily. Falls were beautiful. Hiking boots preferable.

Well marked with blue blazers. A few sections had snow but it wasn’t a problem. No crampons or spikes needed. Enjoyable hike and dog friendly. Gorgeous views of the waterfall.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
29 days ago

Great hike today. Spikes really helped on upper part, narrow, icy, snowy. Sunny at the falls.

This trail was great fun and the waterfall was amazing! Wear spikes for the areas of ice and snow.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Awesome hike-can’t wait to do this during the summer, as well. I would not recommend going up Bemis Brook Trail during this time of the year, because it’s very icy and steep. Otherwise, the views are incredible and the Arethusa Falls Trail rather easy and well packed. Enjoy!

snow
2 months ago

Great hike! Will be doing again during the summer.

Great trail conditions. Used spikes. Snowshoes not needed.

recorded Recording - Feb 23, 01:40 PM

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Trail was well packed. Used micro spikes for the round trip. Slipped a bit at times on steeper sections. My snowshoes would have prevented this. Wish I packed a butt sled

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail! Nice and packed down, needed treads. Beautiful view at the end. Well marked. Didn’t need snow shoes

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great warm-up for a 'real' hike with the falls providing amazing peacefulness in winter frozen and summer running. A 'go to' for a quick workout and #1 family hike with young kids!

hiking
4 months ago

Went in August- such a fun hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing day winter hiking up here! Warm temperatures made for soft snow though there were some icy spots. I wore spikes but my 14 year old son did not and had no problem. Stunning view of frozen waterfall.

Gorgeous frozen waterfall, totally worth the hike. Bemis brook trail was very slick with slush, snow, and some ice. Microspikes recommended.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

I just got home from rocking this trail with a friend. With 3 - 4 inches of fresh powder, we opted to pack the trail in with snowshoes, as we were the first ones on the trail (score). Otherwise, all the ice is currently hidden from the recent 12 inches of snow through the new year, making boot packing the whole trail doable without crampons. The falls are about 2/3 frozen, and it's a must winter hike if you haven't been yet. The exit from Bemis is steep and tough. Young and inexperienced should avoid for the time being just to be safe. Otherwise, enjoy!

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