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Arethusa Falls

The Arethusa Falls trail leads directly to New Hampshire’s highest waterfall of 200 feet. Winter is an excellent time to see ice climbers scaling the Falls.

Ice Climbers on the Falls

There is plenty of parking available at the trailhead. The trail begins on the left side of the parking lot at the top of the Arethusa Falls Road.

The Route is direct, reaching the Falls in 1.3 miles. In the summer, this will take about an hour, allow extra time in the winter. When we visited, the trail was well packed. We didn’t use our snowshoes, but I put on my crampons for a little extra traction.

In the summer, or in the winter if you are skilled and or brave, you can make a loop back to the parking lot by taking the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail over Frankestein Cliffs.

Deni pays a visit to Arethusa Falls for some Spring hiking. Read her story…

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