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Crawford Notch State Park
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

One of my personal favorite parks. Tons of wildlife and wild spaces, wooded area. Countless number of trails, fishing areas, I'm sure hunting is permitted, and there are snowmobile trails. This is an outdoorsman's paradise. I like state parks that are gorgeous, in God's country, and where there aren't too many people. And this has all of them.

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

If you are in the Bartlett/North Conway area of New Hampshire, you simply must take the drive up Route 302 to the Crawford Notch. It is an incredable sight in summer! The mountians are so beautiful.

From North Conway take Route 302 through Intervale, Glen and Bartlett. Stop and get gas in Glen if you are low as there really aren't any gas stations until Twin Mountain. On your way on Route 302 just past Bartlett you will be greated by the Saco River on your right. If you see a nice area, stop and pull your car fully off the highway. There are many places to stop and explore the river.

On the drive you will pass:
1. Upper Bartlett - to the left is Bear Notch Road, to the left is River Road which turns into Cobb Farm Road
2. The Sawyer's Rock picnic area on your left (just past entering Hart's Location),
3. An area of lots of wild flowers along the highway.
4. 4th Iron has a parking area where you can park and walk to the railroad bridge. This railroad bridge crossed the Sawyer River - not the Saco River.
5. There is a scenic look out before you get to Notchland Inn.
6. Notchland Inn (a beautiful building made out of local granite).
7. There is a parking area almost across the street from the road that goes to the Inn. There is a suspension bridge there, that is a short walk from the parking area.
8. Next is the Hart's Location Town Hall - it just looks like a home - it is on the left.
9. Dry River Camp Grounds - you can see it but on the left is Frankenstein railroad bridge and you can see the Frankenstein Ledges (so named after a painter not the mad scientist).
10. There are many hiking trails to explore along the way. One easy hike is Ripley Falls. It will take approximately 1/2 hour to get there and back. Look for the big sign that says "Ripley Falls". Drive up the hill to the parking area. Ripley Falls is before the Willey House. It's worth the short hike.
11. The Willey House historical site. They have ice cram and other items as well as a pond and a hiking trail. The mountains here are so tall and amazing.
12. The steep incline will take you past the Silver Cascade and Flume. Use the parking areas and take a walk to them.
13. At the top of the incline is the gateway to the notch - a spectacular cut out of sheer rock for the railroad tracks. This will be on the left.
14. There is a parking area right past the "leaving the Crawford Notch" sign. You can park there and walk the tracks to the gateway. You can also park there to take the short walk to the top of Elephant's Head.
15. If you look back to the Notch, you will see "Elephant's Head" on your left. Really, it looks like an actual elephant's head!
16. Just past the parking area is Saco Lake, there's a nice trail that goes around the lake. It's an easy and pretty walk.
17. There is a train depot as well. They have public restrooms and a gift shop there.
18. Maybe you will be lucky to see the Conway Scenic Railroads Notchland train arriving or departing!
19. Just between the depot and the free restrooms is the Mount Williard Trail. It's a fun hike up the the top of Mount Willard looking down on the notch.
20. Stop in to the gift shop and see what they have for books - there are some great books out about the grand old days of this area.

12  Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We had an excellent trip. Route 302 through the Notch was very beautiful and scenic. There are many roadside stops to see waterfalls and vistas. Probably some of our favorite sites were Ripley Falls, Silver and Flume Cascades, and Arethusa Falls. We did some hiking during our trip as well. The 360 degree views from the top of Mount Crawford were not to be missed! Also saw a lot of moose here!

Thank radgast1
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

This 5,775-acre state park on US 302 lay between Bretton Woods to the north and Bartlett to the south. It had many long and short hiking trails, several popular waterfalls, and many good places to view moose, ducks, and other wildlife. Spectacular mountains lined the route. By touring it from north to south, the drive afforded us excellent views of Mt Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The Appalachian Trail cut cross-wise through the park and the Conway Scenic Railroad ran through its entire length. Since it was late summer, day-use fees were collected at some stops and the Willey House was open. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

Thank mainemountainbear
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We stopped on our way through and checked out flume and silver cascades. They are an unbelievable sight themselves but to see the valley in the mountains it is a great view.
We just took our engagement photos here and I am do excited to see how they came out

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