White Mountain National Forest

Crawford Trail
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Briefly described below are a few of the more popular family hikes in Crawford Notch State Park. It is important to wear sturdy walking shoes and remember that in the mountains weather changes suddenly and darkness falls quickly. Keep close tabs on children, as unforeseen hazards may exist or develop suddenly on mountain trails.Two short, easy walks begin across the road and bridge from the Willey House site. The Pond Loop Tram, a =-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, a one-mile round trip, bears to the right 30 yards beyond the bridge, follows the Saco River through the woods past several beaver dams, and loops back to the bridge.

Ripley 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 =-mile walk in. The falls are easy to find by following the Ripley Falls Trail, which diverges left from the Ethan Pond Trail shortly after it begins at the end of the access road one mile southeast of the Willey House Site on Rte. 302.

Arethusa Falls , over 200 feet high, are the highest falls in the state and certainly worth a visit. The access road to the start of this 1.3 mile, fairly rocky and moderately steep trail leads off Rte. 302 =-mile south of Dry River Campground. Return via the same route or complete the 3 mile loop past Frankenstein Cliff to the starting point.

The open ledges at the 2804-foot summit of Mt. Willard afford spectacular views of Crawford Notch, the southern Presidentials, and Mt. Washington. The 1.4 mile (one-way) trail climbs gradually to the summit from the Crawford Depot (AMC) near the north entrance of the notch.

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Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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