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Description - Crawford Notch State Park is steeped in history of early settlers and their trials and tribulations of establishing a community. Today the park offers primitive camping by Dry River and several significant trails with scenic views of the White Mountains.

Attractions - Crawford Notch State Park is an outdoor enthusiasts delight. Trails travel throughout the 5,775- acre park where there is a beautiful river, several waterfalls and lovely primitive campground.

The Pond Loop Trail, 1/2 mile round trip, bears to the left just beyond the bridge, leads through the woods to a view point of the pond, and loops back to the bridge. The Sam Willey Trail, one mile round trip, bears to the right thirty yards beyond the bridge, follows the Saco River through the woods past several beaver dams, and loops back to the bridge. Rippley Falls is a 100-foot high cascade where Avalanche Brook flows over moss-covered sloping granite creating a cool, peaceful spot to relax after the 1/2 mile walk in. Arethusa Falls, over 200 feet high, are the highest falls in the state and certainly worth a visit.

Recreation - Camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and small gift shop are located at Crawford Notch State Park. The campground has 31 private sites and is located near Dry River.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - From Bartlett travel north approximately 12 miles on US 302 to the park entrance. The park lies between the beautiful Presidential Range / Dry River Wilderness and the Lincoln Woods Scenic Area.

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Crawford Notch State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-271-3556, Fax: 603-271-2629

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - New Hampshire - The white-blazed Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The New Hampshire section of the A.T. spans about 160 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
White Mountains Trail - Kancamagus Highway - A federally designated national scenic and cultural byway, the White Mountains Trail / Kancamagus Highway is a 100-mile loop past numerous scenic overlooks, beautiful waterfalls, countless trailheads and more.
White Mountains Travel Region - The White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire offering spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with the most well known being Franconia Notch offering sights of New Hampshire's symbol "the Old Man of the Mountain."

New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website


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