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Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

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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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  • A Great hike for everyone, might feel a bit long for beginners. The view does not disappoint, very rewarding. Pack some snacks, water and enjoy.  more »
  • We hiked Mt. Willard 3.2 miles with a 2 and 4 year old. I always look for "short-ish" hikes that give a lot of bang for your buck and that's this trail! It's extremely steady in its climb so there are...  more »
  • Our hike started across from Crawford train station. This is a short hike but what a beautiful view from the top. It's worth it.  more »

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