Coliseum in the Forest.
Located along the Bemis Brook trail in Crawford Notch State Park, Coliseum Falls is one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and unique waterfalls.
While far from the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire, nearby Arethusa Falls holds that distinction at nearly 200′, what Coliseum Falls lacks in vertical drop(roughly 25′ in total broken up over three section)it more than makes up for with it’s unique geology.
Another feature that makes Coliseum Falls worth a visit, is that you’ll often have it all to yourself. Along with Fawn Pool and Bemis Brook Falls, both also located a short distance from each other along the Bemis Brook Trail, their close proximity to the above mentioned Arethusa Falls (you actually start your journey to these falls on the Arethusa Falls Trail), means most visitors to the area hike right on by the Bemis Brook Trail junction without giving it a second glance.
Even when the parking lot at the trailhead is full of cars, I usually see few if any people at Coliseum or Bemis Brook Falls.
That’s just fine by me.
To be able to have this spectacular series of waterfalls all to myself is one of the reasons it’s high on my list of favorite New Hampshire waterfalls.
Note: when visiting the falls along Bemis Brook, ignore the signs when you get to the falls. While the sign at Fawn Pool is correct, Coliseum has a sign indicating it is Bemis Falls and Bemis Falls has a sign indicating it is Coliseum.