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12 Spots To Capture Fall Foliage In Crawford Notch, NH (Roadtrip Guide)

12 Spots To Capture Fall Foliage In Crawford Notch, NH (Roadtrip Guide)

Fall foliage in New Hampshire is known for its bright oranges, reds and yellows. New Hampshire’s fall foliage has become a popular New England attraction. New Hampshire’s picturesque landscape of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and rivers are amazing to witness along with the beautiful trees. Photographers looking to photograph New Hampshire fall foliage should try to arrive just before peak color which varies each year depending on the weather conditions during autumn. Peak New Hampshire fall foliage usually occurs in late September or early October.

In this blog post we are looking at the best places to photograph fall foliage in the Crawford Notch area. This list includes beautiful waterfalls, covered bridges, rivers, lakes, and much more! There are so many beautiful places in Crawford Notch to photograph and all 12 of these spots are easy to access either via a roadside parking lot or a short hike.

Continue reading to find out some of the best photo spots in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire:

Stop #1

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Town: Bretton Woods, Carroll, New Hampshire 

Location: HERE

Joseph Stickney, a native of Concord, New Hampshire, who acquired a fortune as a coal broker in Pennsylvania, built the hotel between 1900 and 1902 for $1.7 million (about $52,884,000 today). To construct the y-shaped hotel, he hired in 250 Italian workers, mainly for the granite and stucco brickwork. The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort is one of the few grand hotels in the White Mountains that has remained. It does include an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course and a 9-hole A.H. Findlay-designed course.

In 1986, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Don’t miss out on checking out this beautiful hotel in the fall!

Stop #2

Upper Ammonoosuc Falls

Town: Carroll, New Hampshire 

Location: HERE

The Upper Falls is a roadside sight in Crawford’s Purchase located along Base Road (the road that connects to the Mount Washington Cog Railway base station). Mount Washington is the source of the water, which cascades down the mountainside and into a tributary creek known as Deception, before flowing through a succession of canyons, falls, and basins that make up the Upper Ammonoosuc River.

The Upper Falls’ tallest plunge is only 8 feet. A whirlpool emerges in the pothole directly below the waterfall with high water. Strong currents may exist in the whirlpool, pulling down and spinning around the pothole’s borders. Following this pothole are two more pools, both of which have 25-foot cliffs where swimmers frequently dive.

Stop #3

Saco Lake

Town: Carroll, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

The source of the Saco River, Saco Lake, is located near the top of Crawford Notch. From here, there are no panoramic views of the lowlands, but there is a lovely lake, woodland, and boulder-strewn slope. Halfway around the walk, there is an outlook on top of a big boulder. This is a simple climb, but it is not suitable for the elderly or youngsters under the age of six. The trail begins in a second-growth evergreen forest at the foot of a steep and rocky hillside, skirting the lake’s edge. It climbs slightly above the lakeshore into a hardwood woodland little over halfway around the lake. You simply walk along the road beside the lake for the final section of the journey.

Stop #4

Flume Cascade

Town: Harts Location, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Flume Cascade is a spectacular waterfall that may be viewed right from Route 302 in Hart’s Location, NH. Flume Cascade is around a 300-foot plunge waterfall and there is a large parking lot close to it. The waterfall features a succession of cascades and plunges that pour into the Saco River. Visitors may trek a few routes near the falls to get excellent views that aren’t visible from the road. Flume Cascade is regarded one of the best because you don’t have to hike at all to see it!

Stop #5

Silver Cascade

Town: Harts Location, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Silver Cascade is located right next to Flume Cascade. It is very similar as it is fueled by the Saco River and drops about 300 feet. Be sure to check out this waterfall too!

Stop #6

Frankenstein Trestle

Town: Harts Location, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

The Frankenstein Trestle is located in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, along the old Maine Central Railroad. The trestle’s historical marker can be seen near the Dry River Campground on Route 302. Godfrey Frankenstein, a German-born artist who spent time painting in the Crawford Notch area during the 1800s, is commemorated by the trestle.

The Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad Company was founded in 1867, leased to the Maine Central Railroad in 1888, and finally abandoned in 1983. The rail has been used by the Conway Scenic Railroad, which runs passenger excursion trains, since 1995. During the 1800s, the construction of this railroad across Crawford Notch was a notable feat.

The current wrought iron trestle was constructed in 1893 to replace the first wrought iron trestle constructed in 1875. To meet the increasing train weights, the trestle was rebuilt in 1930 and 1950. It’s a fascinating piece of railroad history as well as a beautiful spot to photograph fall foliage!

Stop #7

Arethusa Falls

Town: Harts Location, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Arethusa Falls, located near the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park along Route 302 in Harts Location, is widely recognized as New Hampshire’s most beautiful waterfall. It’s difficult to argue with someone who has stood at the base of this gigantic waterfall. However, there is some disagreement about the height of the plunge, which is thought to be the highest in New Hampshire. The falls are listed as “nearly 200 feet” in AMC’s White Mountain Guide, whereas New England Waterfalls estimates 160 feet. Either way, it’s big and beautiful!

Stop #8

Bartlett Covered Bridge

Town: Bartlett, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

The Bartlett Covered Bridges is located west of U.S. Route 302, four and one-half miles east of Bartlett Village. The 166-foot long bridge spans the Saco River. It was built in 1851 in the Paddleford truss-style with added arches. It is closed to vehicular traffic but pedestrians may walk across the covered bridge.

Stop #9

Diana’s Baths

Town: Bartlett, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Diana’s Baths is a collection of small waterfalls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the southeastern corner of the town of Bartlett, New Hampshire. Lucy Brook is the name of the creek that runs into this waterfall. In the 1800s, the waterfalls were the site of an old sawmill enterprise. After the Lucy family abandoned the sawmill in the 1940s, it was transformed into a historic site that the US Forest Service maintains. The waterfalls have a total drop of 75 feet, and the journey to the bottom is around 0.6 miles. It is a great place to view the foliage and enjoy the energy of the falls!

Stop #10

Echo Lake State Park

Town: North Conway, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Echo Lake is a 15.7-acre body of water in the North Conway area. It’s a component of Echo Lake State Park, which also has a small beach. The lake is located at the base of White Horse Ledge and just south of Cathedral Ledge, both of which are popular rock climbing spots in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The watershed of the Saco River includes the lake. Smallmouth bass and yellow perch have been seen in the lake, which is categorized as a warmwater fishery.

Stop #11

Swift River Covered Bridge

Town: North Conway, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

Located just off Route 302, is the beautiful Swift River Covered Bridge. It is well worth checking out and photographing! The Swift River Covered Bridge is 129 feet long that was built in the Paddleford truss-style with extra arches. The bridge was constructed in 1870 and stands one-half mile north of N.H. Route 16 at Conway Village over the Swift River. It has an overall width of 21’0″ with a roadway width of 17’2″. The structure is closed to vehicular traffic.

Stop #12

Saco River Covered Bridge

Town: North Conway, New Hampshire

Location: HERE

The current Saco River Covered Bridge was built in 1890 and it stands only a few hundred feet from the Swift River Covered Bridge. During a flood in 1869 that swept the Swift River Covered Bridge down the river, the original Saco River Covered Bridge was hit. Both bridges were hauled 2 miles downstream after the Saco River Covered Bridge was knocked off its abutments. The Swift River Covered Bridge was built using the ruins of the ancient Saco River Covered Bridge and the Swift River Covered Bridge.

Between 1987 and 1989, the Saco River Covered Bridge underwent extensive renovation.

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