New Visitor Services Proposed for Crawford Notch State Park

*Update: Sparkling Cascade New Hut Proposal Presentation

AMC Hut Public Info Session Presentation

(Concord) The Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Parks and Recreation is holding two information sessions on a proposal by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) to enter into a lease with the Division to construct, operate, and maintain facilities to provide public recreation and information services in Crawford Notch State Park.

The first public informational session will be held Wednesday July 29, 2015, 4:00pm-7:00 pm at the Department of Resources and Economic Development, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord. The second session will be held Thursday July 30, 2015, 4:00pm-7:00pm at Crawford Notch State Park, Willey House Building. Staff from the AMC and the Division of Parks and Recreation will be in attendance to answer questions.

A comment period of 30 days has been established beginning July 17, 2015 and ending August 15, 2015. Written comments can be emailed to Johanna.lyons@dred.nh.gov or mailed to the Dept of Resources & Economic Development, Crawford Notch State Park Comments, 172 Pembroke Rd, PO Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302.

The hut is expected to accommodate 50 guests plus necessary accommodation for staff (1-8) and volunteers (0-4) and will provide clean water, bathrooms and space to sit and eat lunch for all park visitors year round. Full service meals will be available to overnight guests May to October and self-service overnight accommodations with no meal service will be available November to April. The AMC is planning on incorporating “green” energy systems such as solar and wind at the site.

Other visitor services proposed at the hut include information services, educational programs, and interpretive displays. Access to the hut will be via a new hiking trail to be constructed off of the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail and connecting to the Ethan Pond Trail. To accommodate existing trail users and to add capacity for overnight and day-use guests, a 30-50 car parking lot is proposed at the Ethan Pond Trailhead off Route 302 to be constructed by the AMC.

AMC will continue its strong involvement in trail maintenance in Crawford Notch State Park, including creating a four-season trail off of the Ethan Pond Trail connecting the state park with Zealand Valley.

Crawford Notch AMC Hut Scoping Letter