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Crawford Notch State Park

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Crawford Notch State Park

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  • Parking to visit the Willey House historic site.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Trails in Crawford Notch lead to Mount Willey and Mount Webster.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Trailhead sign. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Willey Pond in Crawford Notch. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Picnic area beside Willey Pond. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Crawford Notch State Park.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Roadside picnic area in Crawford Notch State Park. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Trailhead in Crawford Notch. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Overlooking Crawford Notch from Mount Willard.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Overlooking Crawford Notch from Mount Willard.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Overlooking Crawford Notch from Mount Willard.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Overlooking Crawford Notch from Mount Willard.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Hiker below Arethusa Falls. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Hiker below Arethusa Falls. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Ripley Falls in the spring. - Crawford Notch State Park
  • Typical campsite at Dry River Campground.- Crawford Notch State Park
  • Typical campsite at Dry River Campground.- Crawford Notch State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Big waterfalls. Many hiking trails.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Recommended donation at trailheads. Day use and camping fees at campground.
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Crawford Notch State Park is rich with natural beauty, history, and recreational opportunities. The notch is named after the Crawford family, who settled here in the late 1700s, cut trails, and guided visitors up the mountains. Visit the site of the historic Willey House, where the family of Samuel Willey, Jr. lived. They ran an inn here, and anyone traveling through this remote area could stop and spend a comfortable night. Tragically, the family was killed in a severe storm during 1826 when landslides and flooding forever changed the landscape. The inn, however, was not damaged and remained in service until it suffered a fire in 1898.

Take in the stunning reflection at Willey Pond and enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables with a view. Two notable waterfalls are found inside the park, both at or exceeding 100 feet high. Arethusa Falls is a family-friendly, 2.8-mile round trip hike to the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire. Ripley Falls is a shorter hike, totaling approximately 1 mile round trip. The Appalachian Trail passes through Crawford Notch, and hiking trails lead to Mount Willey, Mount Webster, and Mount Jackson, providing access to the southern Presidential Range. The summit of Mount Willard is within the park and offers an unparalleled view overlooking Crawford Notch.

Crawford Notch State Park also runs a small campground within its boundaries. Dry River Campground has 36 campsites, most of which can be reserved in advance. The campground is open seasonally from May through November.

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