Arethusa Falls Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 868' 265 m
Descent: -869' -265 m
High: 2,115' 645 m
Low: 1,324' 403 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
Current trail conditions
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“This moderate trail takes you to the tallest waterfall in the White Mountains.”— Carl Lambrecht
Family Friendly Kids can handle the length of this trail and will absolutely love the waterfall.
The trail is challenging no doubt, but it's also short enough that families and kids can accomplish it. It's also a good trail for hiking with dogs. Dogs are recommended to be leashed, but not required.
It takes about an hour from the trailhead to the falls at a moderate pace. Generally, the air temperature at the falls is refreshingly cooler than the rest of the trail.
Note: There's not much room at the falls, and we found it to be quite crowded because it is a reasonable trail for families, and we used it on a holiday weekend. There is a reasonable amount of elevation gain, and although short enough to be completed by families and small children, consider proper footwear for hiking over rocky trail versus a flat path.
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Land Manager: NH State Parks - Crawford Notch State Park