It is Friday and I have a trip for you! Here is your #wheretoweekend. Not sure if it is being held up inside for winter or if it is the dread of Cincinnti’s summer humidity, but I want to take full advantage of what Spring has to offer. That got me thinking, what is the very best part of Spring? Waterfalls, EPIC WATERFALLS. The snow has melted, the rain has come, the waterfalls are gushing! Crawford State Park has waterfalls, gorgeous mountain scenery, crystal clear mountain lakes, and can serve as home base as you summit the highest peaks of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. This is a trip for late spring since early spring can be snowed in. This is a week long trip of hiking, summits, waterfalls, and dips in the water that will awaken the spirit. Near the park are Lincoln and Woodstock which have many great breweries, wineries, fooderies, and my favorite bakeries to taste and enjoy. The 14h drive can easily be broken up by stopping at Erie, Buffalo, or Niagara on the way. Arethusa Falls are the largest and most visited in the park. By taking Bemis Brook/Arethusa Falls Trail you get to see Coliseum Falls, Bemis Falls, along the way to Arethusa Falls. Silver Cascade is visible from the road. There is a parking lot for visiting the falls and you can hike along the ledge. Beecher and Pearl cascade are also short hikes and easily accessible. Kendron Flume, Gibbs Falls, Nancy Cascade, Ripley Falls, are a few more to add to your list. Had your fill of waterfalls? It is time to summit! Mt. Willard, Mt Wiley, Mt Jackson, are closest. Venture out of the park to the Presidential Range (Mt. Washington is on my personal bucket list). Take a dip in one of the many alpine lakes, Ethan Pond is one of the more accessible. This loop trail takes you through meadows of wildflowers and is a favorite for hikers.
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