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.
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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  • Camped out on a rainy weekend, but the gloomy skies didn't ruin our fun! Hiking up through flume gorge in the rain was beautiful, and we actually got the trail to ourselves which was a rare treat. Whe...  more »
  • Back for two winter hikes just after Christmas. Walking on snow a lot easier on the knees than rocks and roots. Two great days and a lot of fun. Any day is a good day in the Notch.  more »
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  • So many wonderful parts of Crawford Notch. It’s lovely to drive through, as it’s part of the White Mountains. To take full advantage of this lovely state park, you have to do a little hiking. The deeper into the woods you go, the more beautiful things you discover.
  • So many fun hiking trails to choose from. We went up the Webster Jackson Trail to the summit of Mt Jackson and crossed over to the Mizpah Cutoff Trail back to Crawford Path. Wildly variable weather from overcast sky with gently falling snow flurries to a very strong wind driven snow and low clouds at the summit in near zero wind chill. An hour later the sun came out with gently falling light snow flurries like being inside a beautiful snow globe. By the time we exited Crawford Path the sun and drop in elevation made it feel like it was spring! Gotta love the White Mountains!

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