Crawford Notch State Park, Hart's Location

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Crawford Notch is a major pass through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, located almost entirely within the town of Hart's Location. Roughly half of that town is contained in Crawford Notch State Park. The high point of the notch, at approximately above sea level, is at the southern end of the town of Carroll, near the Crawford Depot train station and Saco Lake, the source of the Saco River, which flows southward through the steep-sided notch. North of the high point of the notch, Crawford Brook flows more gently northwest to the Ammonoosuc River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.The notch is traversed by U.S. Route 302, which closely follows the Saco River southeast to North Conway and less closely follows the Ammonoosuc River northwest to Littleton.HistoryThe notch became known to European settlers when found by Timothy Nash in 1771. The 1772 boundaries of Hart's Grant reflected its shape. It was named for Abel Crawford, an explorer, trail-builder and hosteler in the early 19th century. The Tenth New Hampshire Turnpike from Portsmouth was extended through the notch to Lancaster in 1803. The turnpike and later Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad through Crawford Notch opened a new route through the White Mountains for settlers of the area to the northwest to reach Conway on the way to the trading ports on the coast.
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  • Crawford Notch State Park on the north side of the White Mountains has many hiking trails, waterfalls and spectacular views of the mountains. First we went to the Silver Cascades. Actually a large waterfall from the mountains, where the water between a narrow gorge to come down. But then there is water and that was minimal. It seems to have been a dry season here. But nevertheless, very beautiful. Then we had chosen a hike of 8 miles, but the missus at the tourist information said we better could make the hike to Mount Willard, that was but 4 miles back and forth and then you had a beautiful view. They forgot to tell only that it is 2900 ft, so 1 km was up. With our tongue on the shoes we came after 2 hours above. Climbing and scrambling. But ... the view was beautiful. Well worth the effort. We have delicious half an hour in the Sun sat and looked out in the distance on a beautiful Lake. There we went to later than the mountain well see. We gobble there anyway just how high that was and what we have stood for steep abyss
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  • We enjoyed the easy hike to Ripley Falls. Comparing the Ripley Falls Trail to the Arethusa Falls Trail, we enjoyed this one more. The trailhead is located on Wiley House Station Road off US 302. It is...  more »
  • First I must say that the whole Crawford Park is a beautiful area and it is a great drive to really feel like you are in the mountains. The Mt. Willard Trail was great too. It is a moderately difficul...  more »
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  • This is one of my all time favorite hiking trails. I try to go in the fall because the trees changing colors makes everything even prettier. While hiking there i did get stung by a bee so I wouldn't definitely not recommend anyone hike here who is allergic because that was only about halfway through the hike. The waterfall is pretty and there are a couple nice views of the surrounding mountains without getting too high. You can also walk along the railroad tracks on the way back which is pretty and unique.
  • Been there numerous times. I fished the trout pond that adjoins the Ammongaset. River. Truly beautiful with a general store as well. This area will always be well up in my memory.
  • Very peaceful place for hiking or relaxing in nature. Be sure to visit the depot and hike up Mount Willard...
  • Amazing place to climb or hike. things to do of every level. One of New Hampshire's gems
  • Great steep ascent for challenging your knees while hiking. Bring your hiking poles and decent grip boots. Hike from Ripley Falls Trail parking to Mount Tom. Visit peaks Mount Willey and Mount Field along the path. For easy hike and scenic waterfall views hike Ripley Falls Trail to Sparkling Cascades. Can travel further on Arethusa-Ripley falls trail for more viewing.