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New Hampshire WaterFalls, Arethusa Falls a Family Friendly Hike

New Hampshire WaterFalls Arethusa Falls

New Hampshire WaterFalls Arethusa Falls a Family Friendly Hike in NHFamily Friendly Hike Arethusa WaterFalls Coliseum Falls Bemis Brook Falls

New Hampshire WaterFalls are abundant in Crawford Notch and Bartlett NH.  The trail-head to Arethusa WaterFalls is just 6 miles

Family Friendly Hike Arethusa WaterFalls Coliseum Falls Bemis Brook Falls

Family Friendly Hike Arethusa WaterFalls Coliseum Falls Bemis Brook Falls

from the Bartlett Inn.  We enjoyed a 2.5 hour hike to the falls with the kids, dog and adults too!  Hiking to WaterFalls is a fun thing to do with Children in the White Mountains. The rain from the night before and the sprinkle of the morning added to the flow of the falls!  We often tell guests who feel put off by the weather that there is a bright side to a rainy day:  It makes the Waterfalls flow very big!  So if you have the right equipment…waterproof hiking boots and jacket and non cotton pants and it is not too cold out you will not melt in the rain and will get to see the New Hampshire Waterfalls at their best!  We recommend the Bemis Brook Trail for the first part of the hike so you can enjoy the granite slabs with steps and cascading waterfalls along the way.  The climb back to the Arethusa Trail is steep and slippery so be sure to hold onto firm roots and and rocks.  It is only about 200 meters and then you rejoin the main trail.  Kids love the boardwalks and the cool breeze and mist coming off the falls too!  We ate lunch at the bottom of the falls and the sun came out to warm us!  We took the Arethusa trail back and it returned much quicker then on the climb up.  We saw a huge toad, a little peeper frog, garter snake, chipmunks and squirrels too. Stay at the kid friendly Bartlett Inn near StoryLand NH and enjoy natures own amusement park.  we will give you ideas for Family Friendly Hikes in New Hampshire and other fun things to do with kids near North Conway!  1 800 292 2353

Waterfalls New Hampshire Zealand Falls Hiking Trail a Great family Hike to NH Waterfalls!


Zealand WaterFalls New Hampshire Family Friendly Hike

Zealand Waterfalls New Hampshire can be found by taking the Zealand Falls Hiking Trail on the West Side of Crawford Notch.


Mt Hale New Hampshire Waterfalls Family Friendly Hike

  When the road is not gated from mid spring to fall you can drive up the dirt road and park at the Trail Head.  Otherwise it is a 3 mile easy dirt road walk into the trail head.  This is a nice easy trail with no elevation gain.  The trail is gentle and wide and there is fun terrain to see along the way from peaceful pine forest to a marsh area with boardwalks and beaver dams.  and across the pond you can see the beautiful Zealand Waterfalls!  We took pictures from the bottom of the falls and then climbed the trail up The last few hundred feet to the Zealand Hut.  This hut is open year round and a great place to base yourself to explore the back country wilderness.  Did I mention the beautiful views from the Hut!?

I was hoping to return the easy way we came to the top of Zealand Falls but caught summit fever and decided to return via a loop taking the Lend A Hand Trail to the summit of Mt Hale 4054 FEET NH.  I had good company so the hike was very relaxing with more peaceful woodland terrain, lots of moss but limited views.  The views to MT Washington were good when you could get them through the trees and there was snow on Mt Hale and on Mt Washington too!  We descended via the Hale Brook Trail and this was the most challenging part of the hike as it is a steep pitch and you are walking in a shallow river bed with running water (at least in the spring).  Tired but happy having climbed another 4000 Footer and live to tell after hiking about 10 miles round trip!

For families I would recommend taking the Zealand Trail to Zealand Falls and the Zealand Hut and then returning the same way since it is a nice flat gentle hike but still about 6 miles round trip. Pack lunch, water and camera and a jacket as it is often chillier as you get higher in altitude! Stay at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett New Hampshire and the innkeepers will be happy to help you plan your day depending on your interests of Waterfalls, Mountain Views, altitude, difficulty or ease of terrain, time and fitness level. 1 800 292 2353.