Explore the most popular forest trails near Carroll with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 hours ago

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old. I did not find this trail difficult and neither did either of my children. I personally would not rate it as moderate.
I think the differences of level of difficulty in the reviews is all perspective. The trail was extremely busy and I'm willing to bet most of the people we encountered are not regular hikers. I could see how this trail would be harder for someone who does not hike on a regular basis. If you find yourself on the trails weekly this is an easy and short hike.

Regardless of your experience level, age, or shape this is a completely doable hike with a great payoff at the top. The views are worth the time and effort.

Trailhead begins behind the AMC store/ train station across the tracks in Crawford Notch. There are several other trailheads near by so the whole area is extremely busy and parking spills out on to 302.

Don't pass by the waterfall about half mile up on the right.

We hiked up the Crawford path to the summit and back. We ran into a trail crew on the way up, they were rebuilding the mid section of the trail ( great job folks thanks ). No views today due to the thick fog.

hiking
12 hours ago

Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
22 hours ago

Great hike....not as easy as some make it sound. But I will tell you this, it was worth all the pain and suffering when I walked out and saw that view. Absolutely amazing

2 days ago

Short, relatively easy hike with a spectacular view from the top. Can be crowded but plenty of space to sit and enjoy the view. Saw a moose on 302 right before the AMC center as I was driving to get to this trailhead.

Unreal views!

Hiked July 14, 2018 via Crawford path out and back to Mount Pierce (didn’t do loop with hut). Heard the hut is cool though and has food. Took us about 4 hours. 6.5 miles. Well kept trail - we saw a lot of people working on the path. Trail was a little wet/moist with some water and moss. Coming down was a little tricky on the rocks, especially when wet. Gibbs waterfall was worth checking out. Very pretty hike but didn’t get many views because cloudy. We saw a good amount of people on the trail. Parking lot right near trail right off the highway.

easy hour or so hike.. moderate rock/scramble in the beginning that graduates off closer to summit.. good size crowd up there but plenty of room to feel private and have a bite .. the view is breathtaking

This hike is worth every step along the way! I am not in the best shape, but managed to hike up with some breaks in between. The trail is easy to follow, has a steady incline, and isn't too technical. The view at the top is amazing, with plenty of space to stop and chill out for a while. The trail was moderately trafficked (plenty of people of all ages and dogs along the trail) but had some periods of time alone to listen to the birds and check out the waterfalls along the way (Centennial Pool).

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike with great views!

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike! Views are amazing.

a great hike. not too technical or steep. great views. a good walk for the entire family

Nice steady 1.6 hike with amazing views for the little work it took to get there

Excellent views from the top! Fairly gradual climb. Nice pool for dogs to cool off in about 1/2 way up.

Easy hike and nice views at the top. Great hike to start your trip or for families.

Love this trail! Steady, Easy going. Amazing Summit views. Excellent for Dogs.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice short and steady hike. Pictures can’t capture how amazing the view is!

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy with great views

Great view not a bad climb

Did this on Sat. June 30 with a group of 3 other persons between 40 and 50 years a bit out of shape. Beautiful weather but the trail was pretty wet for yesterday fell a heavy rain. Took us from 10AM to 5PM from the starting point on the road up to Mount Jackson and back (didn’t make the loop with Mount Webster). At the fork, take 30’ to see the big and beautiful waterfall! Nice views but pretty extenuating for our lazy group. Many unleashed dogs on the trail and some of them not the friendly kind! Lovely experience after all and really glad we gathered the strength to go to the end of it! For your ankles ‘s sake, don’t go on this trail without boots because muddy and very slippery after/during rain!

on Mount Willard Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked with a group of different skill levels and everyone did great. Took our time and once we got to the top it was amazing. Pictures don’t do it justice. Recommend hiking poles, we forgot ours.

hiking
26 days ago

Easy hike for great views! We've done this hike 3 times now, but I am pregnant so it was a little tougher this time. Still one of my favorites. We took our dogs this time and they made plenty of friends.

The original rating for this trail was moderate, and unfortunately misleading. We brought our good friends here for a backpacking trip the weekend after the solstice in June. We knew it would rain and involved steep elevation but were not expecting the rock scrambles and rockiness of the regular trail on the ascent and descent, made harder by the rain. We camped .5 miles in after hiking the 3 miles on 302 then were planning to camp on the other side of Mt Jackson for the night—however we didn’t make good time on the ascent and got caught in the rain on the ridge part of the trail which dampened spirits (and clothes). We decided to hike through the night and go to a nearby hotel rather than camp out another night. It took us 12.5 hours to hike that 7 mile stretch (with overnight packs) in the rain (7.5 hours of rain) and dark (4 hours in the dark with low visibility due to mist). Overall a beautiful hike but be prepared for it to be HARD!!

We started this trail at Crawford Notch and went up to Jackson, back to Webster, and down from there along the AT, coming out where the AT crosses US 302. The views were gorgeous from Jackson, Webster, and the cliffs/views along the ridge down from Webster. I would say, though, that this trail was VERY difficult for me. I wasn't prepared for the amount of scrambling near the ridges and just general scrambling along the trail - this is a VERY rocky trail. I'm no mountain goat, and always have to take those areas slowly. This trail took us 7.5 hours and we only did 7 miles! I can handle the distance and elevation, but all the big steps and rocks did me in. My companion says that this is pretty typical of the White Mountains, so that's good to know.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Very gradual ascent on good trail. Most of the trail was very clear with a few areas that were a bit rock-strewn. View from the Ledges at the summit are insane. One of the nicest views I’ve seen. Watch your kids here though if you bring them. Incredible drop off. Awesome hike.

Well worth the view at the top.

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