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Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods

#55 of 112 in Nature in New Hampshire
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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 1,900 feet (580 m) 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.

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  • It is a pretty drive through Crawford Notch, especially in the Fall. There are plenty of places to stop and admire the beauty of the area and lots of different hiking trails you can explore. This...  more »
  • Crawford Notch is a vital part of New England History and the views here are second to none. All the seasons are beautiful, but we were lucky enough to be here in fall to see leaves in a wide variety....  more »
  • Crawford Notch is a picturesque pass with an old railway along the west side. It is wider than Franconia Notch, and includes several easy to access waterfalls. The nearby mountains are less steep and less popular for hiking than the neighboring Franconia Notch. I think it is underrated and a good place to go when Franconia Notch is really busy, but otherwise I prefer Franconia Notch. Arethusa falls it the must see spot in the area.
  • Beautiful drive through Crawford Notch even on a rainy day. Wisps of fog, clouds dissipating added natural beauty to the lush green trees. The bare rock is awesome. Needed dryer weather and more time to explore. Many opportunities for hiking in that arra.

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