Spring has truly sprung here in New England. There is talk of this “mud season” but I for one don’t see what all the fuss is about. The beginning of Spring here is one of the most exciting and beautiful times of the year. There is so much to do and see here. Hiking is one of the best things to do right now. The trees are starting to bud and flowers are starting to peak out of the ground. There is still some snow at the higher elevations but it is quickly melting with each sunny day. The best part is the magical trickling sound of the streams as you walk in the woods. Some are just a tiny rivulet of water and some are rushing off somewhere with white caps over rocks and fallen trees, taking with it leaves and debris from last Fall.
The waterfalls are spectacular this time of year. They are rushing fast and magnificently. There are many waterfalls to choose from near the hostel. Crystal Cascade is located 3 miles from Pinkham Notch Camp of the AMC. It is 80 feet in hight and it’s water source comes from the Cutler River. Arethusa Falls and Bemis Brook Falls are located just south of the Willey House site off Rt 302 in Crawford Notch. The falls are 176 feet high and flow from Bemis Brook. They’re just down a 1 1/2 mile path. There is also a sweet little waterfall and easy walk right around the corner from the hostel off of West Side Road in North Conway called Diana’s Bath. It’s a great way to start or end a day in the White Mountains. The walk there is beautiful and peaceful and there are great spots on the rocks to just sit and watch the water flow on by from the Cutler River. These are just a few options out of an endless list of beautiful waterfall hikes around here. We really enjoy them and know you will too!
The gardens at the hostel are taking off and each day we go out to look at what has grown and which new flowers are really showing. I just planted a bunch of strawberries here and can’t wait to see how they do in Summer. Spring is a time of sweet anticipation of hot days and gardens in full bloom and lush green leaves on the trees, but to get there you need to see the beginning; the buds and the moist wet soil that has that oh so distinct “smell of Spring”. So don’t be fooled by the term “mud season.” Grab your pack, your gators and come play outdoors for Spring and stay at the Hostel. This time of year is fleeting in the White Mountains and not to be missed.