Kedron Flume, Crawford Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park - Kedron Flume in Harts Location, New Hampshire USA during the spring months. The Kedron Flume Trail crosses this brook.
Kedron Flume – Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

Kedron Flume, Crawford Notch State Park – Kedron Flume is located on Kedron Brook in Hart's Location, New Hampshire. The flume can be reached by parking at the hiking parking lot along Route 302, next to the Willey House, in Crawford Notch State Park. From the parking lot hike the Kedron Flume Trail (starts behind the Willey House) for three quarters of a mile until you reach Kedron Brook.

Just above and below where Kedron Flume Trail crosses Kedron Brook is where most consider the flume to be. The cascade just below the trail crossing, I find to be the most interesting. And during spring snow-melt it looks awesome! Waterfall buffs and photographers will also find the flume interesting after heavy rains.

Crawford Notch State Park - Kedron Flume along Kedron Brook in Harts Location, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Kedron Flume – Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

For the more adventurous ones, after you finish photographing the two cascades near Kedron Flume Trail bushwack down along the side of Kedron Brook. It is almost impossible to get into the small gorge the brook runs through to create imagery, but it's worth exploring. The terrain is very rugged and steep in this area. Only hikers that are accustomed to off-trail hiking should venture down along the brook.

Crawford Notch State Park - Kedron Brook in Harts Location, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Kedron Brook – Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

As you continue down Kedron Brook, you will eventually come to the tracks of the Maine Central Railroad. Just above the railroad tracks is an impressive cascade (above) and small gorge. I recently came across an old post card from the early 1900's of this scene, and it looks almost the same as it did 100 years ago.

If you have come this far down the brook, keep in mind that it is illegal to walk the railroad tracks so you will have to either follow the brook down to Route 302 or cross the tracks and bushwhack back to the parking lot.

Stone bridge along the old Maine Central Railroad in Harts Location, New Hampshire USA during the spring months. This bridge crosses Kedron Brook.
Kedron Brook – Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

Below where the Maine Central Railroad crosses Kedron Brook is another interesting cascade (above). I love these granite bridges, and the cascade in the foreground makes this a great scene. From the bridge down to Route 302 is uneventful but can be interesting if you allow your mind to run free. If you plan on visiting Kedron Flume, keep in mind the Kedron Flume Trail is a rough trail to hike.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more images of Kedron Brook here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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