Crawford Notch State Park has 5,775 acres providing access to numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views. Crawford Notch State Park is rich in history with the famous Willey House. The campground in the park is Dry River Campground and offers 36 wooded sites.
Excellent family hike even with some snow. We lucked out with the weather since it was cold enough that it wasn't muddy and the trees were covered with a snow down to the trunks, making for gorgeous views all the way up. Hearing the kids (7 & 9) say "whoa!" when we popped out at the summit and saw the view made it more than worth it. Some low cloud cover, but the views were still great. Snowy tree-tops made it unique. Friendly, light traffic on the trail (Sunday), many with 1 or more dogs. Kids liked navigating the two small water crossings at the start of the trail and the hair/needle ice crystals at the trail's edge. Popped in at the AMC Center for a patch. Another successful November hike in the White Mountains.
We did the Falls last year only after attempting to go up Frankenstein Cliffs the day before. I had unwisely taken the family up that way in November (6 and 8 year old with us) without doing enough research. Had to turn back after the trail got more and more treacherous. Wet leaves on the way down didn't make it any easier. Without kids, we would have powered through, but there were several exceptionally dangerous wet slippery rock faces to cross that were literally perilous for kids.
Not wanting the trails to get the better off us, we went back and did the falls the next day and loved it. Well trafficked and maintained trail. Only saw a few others, which made it feel more special. Headed to Mt. Willard for a universally agreed easy hike with good views tomorrow, and might try something harder before heading home if the rest of the family is up for it.
Ascended Webster to Jackson. Wonderful hike. First mile is moderate/easy the last 1.5 mile to Webster summit is moderate/slightly hard. Right at the split of Jackson and Webster there is a BEAUTIFUL waterfall. My new favorite hike in NH now! The walk from Webster to Jackson is very nice easy stroll but once you get close you have to do some crawling/climbing. So nice and quiet. The trail was decently wet so at least in the fall I highly recommend boots that are at least slightly water resistant.
Loved this hike!! Considering I did this the day after mount chocorua, It was not difficult,I think moderate is fair. there was a light amount of snow, a good balance of ups and downs, and the scrambling was lots of fun. I had to put my spikes on 100-150ft before the summit. I will definitely do this hike again!
I solo hiked to the aresthusa fall and looped back around the Frankenstein cliffs. It's easy to lose the trail going down the Frankenstein cliff trail. It was a challenging but very rewarding hike!! It seems to be a popular trail so you will certainly run into other hikers.
This is a hike I've been doing this hike for 30+ years, my kids grew up doing this and when we finished they had to cross the street and do Elephant Head. I brought the G'kids, age 4 & 6 this year - they loved it too! The bonus after the 2 hikes was they still had energy to play on the AMC playground before falling asleep in the car on the way home!