Description - Crawford Notch State Park is steeped in history of early settlers and their trials and tribulations of establishing a community. Today the park offers primitive camping by Dry River and several significant trails with scenic views of the White Mountains.
- Crawford Notch State Park is an outdoor enthusiasts delight. Trails travel throughout the 5,775- acre park where there is a beautiful river, several waterfalls and lovely primitive campground.
The Pond Loop Trail, 1/2 mile round trip, bears to the left just beyond the bridge, leads through the woods to a view point of the pond, and loops back to the bridge. The Sam Willey Trail, one mile round trip, bears to the right thirty yards beyond the bridge, follows the Saco River through the woods past several beaver dams, and loops back to the bridge. Rippley Falls is a 100-foot high cascade where Avalanche Brook flows over moss-covered sloping granite creating a cool, peaceful spot to relax after the 1/2 mile walk in. Arethusa Falls, over 200 feet high, are the highest falls in the state and certainly worth a visit.
Recreation - Camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and small gift shop are located at Crawford Notch State Park. The campground has 31 private sites and is located near Dry River.
Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
From Bartlett travel north approximately 12 miles on US 302 to the park entrance. The park lies between the beautiful Presidential Range / Dry River Wilderness and the Lincoln Woods Scenic Area.