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.Crawford Notch State Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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.
The 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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The whole area is simply stunning so it's difficutl to piack out part from another, it's best to take the time to enjoy it all. Having said that, this part of the White Mountains is right up there... more »
Arrived here in the middle of fall with the leaves at the height of color. Just beautiful. Took a short hike to Ripley Falls which was like walking on a carpet of leaves to a pretty cascade. A... more »
There are so many great trails in this state park. We often go for an afternoon hike in these mountains. It seems like there is no end of new waterfalls and trails to explore. There is different things for the whole family too. Easy hikes or hikes that go over different peaks.
the trail was a little dangerous due to the time of the year there was snow covering most of it and it was slippery and would sometimes breakthrough. it took about two hours to get to the falls which was absolutely stunning and well worth the hike. It is New Hampshire's tallest waterfall at 200 ft and it was worth every second of the hike. I will definitely be going back when there is warmer weather
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