Arethusa Falls, Hart's Location

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
Arethusa Falls is a waterfall in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. The waterfall occurs when the headwaters of Bemis Brook tumble over a granite cliff on the western slope of Crawford Notch. They are sometimes erroneously referred to as the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire, but they are in fact the second tallest, after the Mahoosuc Range's seasonal Dryad Falls.
Arethusa Falls was discovered by Edward Tuckerman in 1875. It was named after the nymph Arethusa, daughter of Nereus. At the time, the falls were measured to be 176 feet (54 m) tall, but the Appalachian Mountain Club now estimates the height at 140 feet (43 m).

The falls are located within Crawford Notch State Park and are accessible by means of the 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) Arethusa Falls Trail from U.S. Route 302.

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  • My wife and hiked up to Arethusa Falls recently - it was a relatively easy hike and it was awesome at the falls - quite a sight with the falls completely frozen! It took an hour to climb up and 40...  more »
  • I'm not much of a hiker, but this was perfect for me. We needed our micro spikes for the last part of the trail, and on the way back. Not steep by any stretch, but as the snow got tamped down by...  more »
  • Ive been soo many times. Ill go many more. One of the best places to go. Easy hike too. Bring pets or kids. You wont regret it.
  • Visited in August and it was still flowing. A fairly family friendly hike with interesting mushrooms and other wild life.

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