Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Crawford Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome views! Great family hike-we did this with my 7 and 9 year old kids and a 30 pound baby on my back; also my friend, his wife and their 2 dogs. It's not a smooth stroll through the woods so come prepared- it's a steady climb with some smooth terrain and some rocks to pick through so watch your ankles. It levels out close to the top. For a quick hike the view is more than you would expect. Great trail for getting in shape for the season or trying out gear.

Really enjoyed this trail with my son a couple years ago. The payoff at the end is fantastic.

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6 days ago

excellent trail, easy to moderate steady climb over small rocks. view from top is incredible for such a short hike.

Not a difficult hike to a stunning view.

Amazing hike, did this with boyfriend and our dog. Took Arethusa falls trail up and Frankenstein cliff trail down. Some parts of Arethusa were a bit muddy, and quite a bit of loose leaf litter/gravel on the way down. Other than that a perfect hike and well worth the views!!

Well worth the view at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

One of the best and easiest peak to hike up to with the best view of the Twin mountain valley. It's perfect for family with small children. My daughter was 5 years old when we did and she did just fine. The actual climb is less than 1,000 feet since the trail head is on a high elevation already.

I love watching cars go by from Mount Williard's peak. The refreshing cool breeze is simply unforgettable and our picnic food tastes so much better from this vantage point.

Sunday 6/3/18 was the perfect day for a hike- it was sunny, 70° and pretty quiet on the trail. Most of the trail to Arethusa falls was dry and easy to traverse. The water was low enough to go down to the river bed safely and put our feet in some cold pools of water. Trail to the cliff from Arethusa falls was clear and easy to traverse although the soil is loose in many places which was the only thing that made it tough to navigate, especially going down hill. Whole loop took us about 4-5 hours with lots of stops for pictures and snacks. very quiet, only saw about a dozen other hikers all day. Would 100% recommend, it was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday!

hiking
17 days ago

This was a great quick hike with a surprising view at the end! It's slightly steep and a little rocky in the beginning but levels off nicely before you get to the top. Going up took just about an hour and heading back down took only about 40 minutes. I would highly recommend it for hikers of any kind.

hiking
19 days ago

Would not classify this as easy or moderate at all. I would consider myself a fairly seasoned hiker and found this trail to be harder than several of the trails up Washington or Jefferson. The trail starts out nice with a steady incline, levels off for a bit but then gets very steep. For only being like 4200 feet this mountain never seemed to end, and when it did the views were not worth the work. Lots of small loose stone on the trail made descending difficult. Would not recommend for beginners or anyone without much experience.

hiking
20 days ago

Other than the 2 hour drive from Manchester, the view was amazing and the climb was pretty easy. Lots of people had their dogs and children with them.

A nice hike to the Falls which are gorgeous. Frankenstein trail is a bit of a monster with tons of roots, rocks and steep challenging narrow paths through dense and dark woods. Great vistas when you hit the exposed areas.

hiking
23 days ago

We had a family hike for my birthday today! This trail was perfect for everyone, even a little rain didn't slow us down! The view from the top was spectacular!! Lots of friendly people and dogs. Would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
27 days ago

Nice trail with great views. Moderate grade all the way up with lots of space at the top to take in beautiful Crawford Notch. Under an hour to the top and 45 minutes coming down. Well worth it!

Both Arethusa and Frankenstein’s cliff are easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The Arethusa trail is moderate, but one your way back make sure to look to your left and take Frankenstein’s Cliff trail. That’s where the real work begins. Pretty difficult, but extremely worth it.

Très bon sentier, avec une vue incroyable. Le fait d'avoir des toilettes, un abreuvoir, un parking et une boutique de souvenir et de nourriture(avec des personnes capables de nous renseigner) en bas avant de commencer la randonnée est très apprécié. C'est un petit mont mais très beau et assez populaire je pense. (1h de monté et 1h de descente environ) en haut on peut s'assoir sur la roche et admirer la vue et picniquer.

Amazing trail ! It begins just behind a Visitor Center so you can buy a snack and fill your water bottle before you start. The trail is well indicated, and the view at the top is amazing. The highway in the middle of the valley is not even a problem because you can’t hear it and it gives some perspectives. It took us about 1h to go up, and the same to come back. There is a lot of space at the top, perfect to have a little picnic.

Nice quick hike that rewards you with a great view at the summit.

Awesome trail! Some parts were tough but the view from the cliffs is outstanding, very rewarding hike

Beautiful but difficult! Worth it!

It was pretty awesome!! The falls where all breath taking, especially the big one, such a beauty! Took the yellow track, it was good and challenging. Coming down is steep and slippery, the leaves would make me fall on my bottom even with hiking boats and sticks. If you see a empty train track, take a right, then follow the blue and yellow signs to the lot!! Loved it overall.

Amazing hike! make sure you do Bemis brook (yellow trail) that shoots off of the blue trail. Its a steep climb at the end but very rewarding as there is two beautiful waterfalls.

Great hike and waterfall! Great time of year to check it out :)

Hiked this one a couple of years ago. A difficult climb in places, spectularly rewarding at the falls, which are exquisite. The hike back to the world is less taxing and quite pleasant. pack snacks and lots of water.

We hiked Mt. Willard yesterday (05/08/2018). The streams at the base that you must cross have flooded their Banks, but with a little creativity you can stay dry. The lower portion of the trail is a straight incline up a wet, rock strewen track. As you rise the snow monorail becomes more consistent, and a bit slippery in places. most of the top third of the trail is snow covered but relatively easy. The top is snow free. A granite facing looks out across Crawford Notch. To the far left you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Washington. Great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike. Very icy sections this time of year but the falls are great. Properly equipped you will have a great time. Just FYI, the first bridge is out, but the rocks gave a decent path across.

Summited Wiley this morning around 11:30 via the Ethan Pond Trail I wanted to get Field and Tom as well, but the cloud cover was still pretty dense. Beyond the cairn, around the next bend to the right, it was pretty much pea soup. As of today, all the streams are still easily crossed, but the posthole danger is very high, especially on the snow bridges over the streams. The first two sections of stairs were an easy walk-up, but I could have used an axe or two on the upper ones, as they were still ice-covered. All in all, beautiful trail, nicely maintained!

An amazing trail. Bemis brook brings you by two more falls, and Arethusa falls are amazing! It's a bit of a challenge but continuing onto the Frankenstein Cliff portion gives you amazing views of the mountains surrounding the area!!! It's definitely worth the trek, and one of my favorites!

We went in late April, still lots of snow on the trail. I was not expecting anywhere near the amount of water to be flowing on the falls. Incredible. We hiked up half way through rain and it was worth every step. Take the Bemis brook trail up before joining the arethusa falls trail 0.5 mi up—you get two bonus falls, but a lot more unsure footing!!

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