Saco Lake at the top of Crawford Notch is the headwaters of the Saco River. This small, shallow lake is often photographed and painted with Elephant’s Head, a rock formation at the entrance to the Notch, in the background. You can explore different views around the lake via a foot path around it. One point of interest is a pet cemetery from the days of the Crawford House, a grand hotel that once existed at the top of the Notch.
Ammonoosuc Lake is on the other side of Rte 302. Starting behind the AMC Highland Center, the Around-The-Lake Trail takes you for an easy walk (you guessed it) around the lake. You’ll stroll through shady evergreen forests, perhaps see a beaver, wood duck or even a moose, and discover an esker, a sand and gravel ridge formed by glacial action. A side trail takes you to a red bench for views of the Presidential Range. The total trip around the lake with the offshoot to the red bench and back is 1.8 miles.
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When you get back from your walk around Ammonoosuc Lake, you’ll be at the next site on our tour: a dream realized by one of the leading supporters of The Weeks Act, the Appalachian Mountain Club.