Crawford Notch State Park’s 5,775 acres has fantastic mountain views with fishing, hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and waterfalls. Crawford Notch is a steep narrow gorge formed by the Saco River in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The gorge follows a route alongside the Saco River and US 302.
Mount Willard at 2,865’ elevation via Mount Willard Trail is centered in Crawford Notch with impressive views. Park trails include a section of the Appalachian Trail. A few popular hikes are the following:
Saco River Trail
This 5-mile trail follows moderate grades along the valley floor. It starts at the end of Sam Willey trail, connecting the Willey House site, Webster Cliff trail, the Dry River trail, and Dry River Campground.
Sam Willey Trail
This 1 mile trail turns right after the bridge along the Seco River past beaver dams returning to the bridge.
Pond Loop Trail
This ½ miles trail leads to the left beyond the bridge. It leads through woods to a pond viewpoint circling back to the bridge.
Falcon Cliff Trail
This short trail leaving the Frankenstein Cliff Trail 1/4 mile south of the summit to Falcon Cliff in 10 minutes, with scenic views.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire encompass nearly one fourth of the state and part of Maine. The mountain range is part of New England’s Appalachian Mountains, a popular destination due to their proximity to Boston and New York City.
Dry River Campground has 36 wooded campsites. The campground is 25 miles west of North Conway and 15 miles east of Twin Mountain on route 302 within Crawford Notch State Park. It is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
The campground has flush toilets and showers but water is not available after mid October. Supplies are available at Willey House Snack Bar and Gift shop. Pet are permitted but must be leashed at all times. Do not feed animals or bears or raccoons can be attracted.
Main operating season is Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
1464 US Route 302
Harts Location is a town of population 41, with Crawford Notch State Park within its bounds. Its shape is unusual, 11 miles long by 1.5 miles wide with boundaries reflective of Crawford Notch. It is 171 miles north of Boston and 243 north east of Albany NY.
Conway Scenic Railroad is a heritage railway in North Conway NH, with two historic railway routes. One route passes through Crawford Notch State Park alongside Seco River and US 302. Special themed rail trips are scheduled throughout the year.
Crawford Notch State Park is a 7 1/2 hour drive of 456 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I -90 to Albany, east on route 7 to Bennington Vermont then north on US 91. Continue east on US 93 and US 302 to Crawford Notch State Park.
Here is one visitor’s impression of the park.
“Overall, it is a great park that can't be missed during a trip to the White Mountains. “