With the snow melting, the sun shining just a little brighter, and the days getting longer it's time to think about spring hiking. The Mt. Washington Valley has numerous options for hiking enthusiasts. Whether you are looking for a basic walk or a lengthy trek, there are more than enough options. Below are a few of our favorites.
Crawford Notch State Park - Hart's Location (Route 302). Crawford Hiking Map
This park, located in the White Mountains, offers popular family hikes to unique cliffs and brisk waterfalls including the highest in the state, Arethusa Falls. Camping is available in the park. Most trails leave the park and enter the White Mountain National Forest.
Diana's Bath-Diana's Baths are a must see if you are in the North Conway area and want to experience nature at its finest. Diana's baths lie along Lucy Brook in Bartlett which is fed from Big Attitash Mountain. During the summer the baths are a great place for children and grown-ups alike to enjoy the tranquility of nature, and explore the many rocks, ledges, cascading falls and pools in the brook. The cascading falls measure Aprox. 75 feet in total height.
The hike to Diana's Baths is a fairly easy 6/10ths of a mile on a relatively flat, wide gravel path. Being part of the US National Forrest System, there is a large parking lot at the entrance to the hiking path and a self service pay station which requires visitors to purchase and display a daily pass on the dashboard your vehicle. This daily pass (currently $3.00 per day) may be used at other national Forrest sites as well. Dogs are allowed along the trails, but owners must clean-up after their pets.