Welcome to Crawford Notch State Park, the 5,775-acre park that was discovered by local hunter Timothy Nash in 1771. Here you will find numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing opportunities, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views so be sure to bring your camera! This steep and narrow gorge of Saco River is located within the White Mountains, the entire park making up half of the town Hart’s Location. Be sure to catch the views of the notch from the 2,804 foot Mount Willard, an open summit near the center of the notch. Crawford Notch is rich in history as well, home to the famous Willey House, which memorializes the family's tragic accident in a rock slide. The home is open seasonally from May to October for tours and info sessions.
While here your group will undoubtedly take part in some form of hiking, of which there are many available trails in ranging skill levels. Pond Loop Trail provides a half mile route, Sam Willey Trail provides a historic one mile, and Rippley Falls Trail will take you to a 100 foot cascade where Avalanche Brook flowers over the surrounding moss-covered granite. A little beyond this you will find the gorgeous Arethusa Falls, over 200 feet of cascading water that make up the tallest waterfall in the state. If you choose to camp here take solace in the 36 wooded sites of Dry River Campground, complete with a nearby general store where you can also find unique gifts. Before you go you must also be sure to check out the Renovated Queen Anne-style Victorian-era Crawford Notch Maine Central Train Depot, now a celebrated bookstore. This absolute must stop in Crawford Notch is also a stop on the Notch Train route, a Conway Scenic Railroad!