Arethusa Falls
Harts Location, NH

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Arethusa Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Carroll County
TOWN: Harts Location
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Plunge
HEIGHT: 160 feet
WATER SOURCE: Bemis Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.5 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate
HIKING TIME: 60 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: Up 900 feet, down 100 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, F-4 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted
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THE FALLS:

Discounting the seasonal waterfalls, our research indicates that Arethusa Falls is the single longest drop in New England. However, its height is of great controversy. We have come across sources stating that Arethusa is anywhere from 125 feet tall to ?well over 200 feet in height.? Several other sources believe the falls to be about 160 feet, with which we agree.
         This multi-tiered plunge appears to fall from the sky. From the trail and the bottom viewpoints, you cannot see anything above the falls, aside from a few trees on the side of the river. What you do see is a peaceful and heavenly expression of Bemis Brook. The streams of water range from extremely powerful during high water run off times to hundreds of trickles during prolonged draughts. The gracefulness of the falls for the most the summer is what makes this waterfall a must-visit.
         Over the years, we have seen many inexperienced hikers struggle on the trail just to have the chance to see Arethusa Falls. They may be exhausted along the trail, but we have never seen anything short of a relieved smile at the waterfall. Everyone appears deeply content when they finally reach the falls. Arethusa falls becomes, in a nutshell, a job well done for all who witness its elegant beauty. This is also one waterfall you will not want to miss during peak fall foliage.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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