Crawford Notch State Park

1464 U.S. 302
Hart's Location, NH - 03812

Type: Parks
(603) 374-2272
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Crawford Notch State Park, located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is a stunning natural area renowned for its dramatic scenery, extensive hiking trails, and rich history. Covering over 5,775 acres, the park features a landscape shaped by glacial activity and characterized by rugged mountains, deep gorges, waterfalls, and scenic vistas. It is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a variety of recreational activities throughout the year.

One of the park's most popular attractions is the scenic drive along U.S. Route 302, which winds through the notch and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Along the way, visitors can stop at several points of interest, including the famous Willey House Site, which commemorates the tragic landslide of 1826, and the scenic viewpoints at Elephant Head and the top of Mount Willard. The drive is particularly spectacular in the fall when the foliage transforms the landscape into a vibrant tapestry of colors.

Crawford Notch State Park is also a hiker's paradise, offering trails for all skill levels. The Arethusa Falls Trail leads to one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire, where water cascades down nearly 140 feet. The moderately challenging Mount Willard Trail rewards hikers with panoramic views of the notch. For more experienced hikers, the steep ascent of Mount Jackson provides a challenging trek with stunning summit views. Additionally, the Saco River flows through the park, offering opportunities for fishing and cooling off in its clear waters during the summer months.

The park is open year-round, although certain facilities may be limited during the winter. In colder months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland, with opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice climbing. The Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center, located within the park, offers lodging, educational programs, and guided hikes, enhancing the visitor experience. With its diverse range of natural attractions and recreational opportunities, Crawford Notch State Park is a must-visit destination for those seeking to explore the beauty of New Hampshire's White Mountains.

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