For inclusion on this list, trails must have minimal elevation change, minimal root and rock impediment, and should be mostly wide enough for two people to walk side by side. However, considering the public health recommendations during the time of Covid-19 restrictions, we recommend walking further apart – 6ft or more – or in a single file. Please consider the safety of your companions and others on the trails.
Parking, benches, bathrooms, fees as noted
- Mileage listed is total length in one direction. “1 mile out and back” = 2 miles total.
- “The Kanc” = The Kancamagus Highway, also known as NH Route 112.
- US Fee Area = Go to a White Mountain National Forest Service Ranger Station to buy a day/ annual/ lifetime pass. Ranger Stations are located in Conway, Gorham and Campton.
Bobcat Trail to Bear Tree Loop to Maple Leaf Trail. 1.0 mile loop. Gravel surface. 4-8 feet wide. Trailhead near the gazebo at Tin Mountain Conservation Rockwell Sanctuary on Bald Hill Road. Indoor bath rooms when Tin Mountain is open. Also a nice 0.2 trail from the gazebo to Chase Pond. Map at https://www.tinmountain.org/wp-content/uploads/RockwellMap.pdf (walked 4/25/19, and also early May 2020 – these trails are in great shape)
Swift River Trail, Albany Town Forest. 0.5 mile out and back. Multiple loops available. Dirt/ gravel surface. Trailhead on the northerly sideline of the Kanc, 0.7 miles from Route 16. Also a trailhead and limited parking at the Saco Ranger Station. Special feature – alongside the Swift River. Map at https://www.usvlt.org/uploads/ATF_v3.jpg (need to double check this walk for 2020)
Nanamocomuck Trail. 1 mile out and back. Wide old road – 4-10 feet wide, some washout shallow gullies. Parking on either side of the Albany Covered Bridge. Trail begins on the Passaconaway Road side with the beautiful Swift River -special feature – to your left. www.traillink.com, maps also at the Ranger Station. The first mile or so is on a Forest Service Road and is a great walk; beyond that point there are drainage issues, log bridges, and diversions into the woods. The trail continues 2.6 miles to Rocky Gorge but that does not meet our Most Walkable criteria. US fee area. (walked 6/6/19 and May 19, 2020).
Rocky Gorge & Lovequist Loop. Trailhead at Forest Service parking lot on the Kanc, 9 miles west of Route 16. ADA wheelchair and walkable paved paths and benches 0.1 mile to the Gorge and 0.2 miles beyond the bridge; the bridge over the Gorge is also wheel chair accessible; the trail that continues on the far side of the bridge is forest floor, but smooth and wide and goes up a small rise, and down to a bench by the pond. Lovequist Loop goes around a pond on the far side of the river, and has roots and many elevation changes, so it does not meet the criteria of “walkable” for this list. US fee area. (walked 6/6/19 and May 19, 2020)
Moat Mineral Trail. 1 mile out and back to the Smokey Quartz Mineral Collecting Area; gravel and dirt surface. Trailhead is at the end of High Street, 1.2 miles off Passaconaway Road from West Side Road. Expect some mountain bikers. Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recarea/?recid=74885?
Russell-Colbath House Rail ‘N River Interpretive Trail. 0.8 mile loop. Crushed gravel and clay surface. ADA Accessible except for one sandy washout near the river. Interpretative historical signs describe 19th century life of loggers. Trailhead and bathrooms at the parking lot, 12 miles west of Route 16. Walked May 25, 2020
Sabbaday Falls 0.7 mile out to the falls. 4-8 feet wide. Gravel/clay/pine needle surface. Some steepish grade as it follows the Sabbaday Brook but there are good benches along the way. Beautiful emerald pool below the rushing falls. Parking as USFS trailhead 16 miles west of Route 16. US fee area. Walked 5/25/20
Sugar Shack Trail. 0.7 mile loop. Dirt/ gravel surface. 4-6 feet wide. Trailhead at Believe in Books Sugar Shack, west side of Route 16 in the Intervale. Portable toilet. Suggested donation $5 /$10 per car day/week, or annual membership. Map at http://www.believeinbooks.org/trail-system.html (checked 04/19/19 and 05/27/2020)
Storybook Trail 0.5 mile forested loop. Dirt/ gravel surface. Trailhead off Route 16 at Believe in Books Central parking lot with kiosk. Start to the RIGHT of the kiosk to follow the interpretive trail markers. Childrens’ book donations accepted. Portable toilet. Suggested donation $5 /$10 per car day/week, or annual membership. Map at http://www.believeinbooks.org/trail-system.html (walked 04/19/19 and 05/27/2020)
Slippery Brook Road 0.5 mile out and back. Gravel surface. Trail head at the Easterly end of Town Hall Road in Bartlett. Might be too tough to drive out here ? Map at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recarea/?recid=74939 (need to double check this for 2020)
Thorne Pond Conservation Area. 1-mile flat loop. More than 5 feet wide. Trailhead an ample parking off Route 302 to the right directly across from entrance to Grand Summit. US fee area. Trail loops around gentle pond and has spur to the Saco River.
Morrell Family Community Complex. 0.75 gravel/clay, ADA wheelchair compliant surface, 6-8 feet wide, meandering trail with well-built wooden bridges over streams. 10-station fitness and nature trail on the westernmost parcel. Parking at the entrance to the complex just east of Bartlett Village.
Leach Link. 1.0 mile out and back. Dirt/ gravel surface. Trailhead at Forest Service Road 355 on Stone House Road, off Route 113. Short bit on the service road, then the trail branches to the right and follows the Cold River. Map at AMC White Mountain Guide map 5, also see www.fs.fed.us for interactive map that will zoom in. Print a map before going – no cell service on this trail. Forest Service bathrooms at the nearby Baldface Trail parking area on Route 113. Nearby Notch View Farm Stand is an added treat. (walked 4/26/19 – some snow and wet areas)
Slippery Brook Road ___ mile out and back. Gravel surface. Trailhead off Route 113 in Evans Notch (the other end is off Town Hall Road in Bartlett – that’s a very long hike). Map ? (need to walk this for 2019)
The Basin. Day-use area at very scenic location – any walks here that fit our criteria ? (need to walk this for 2019)
Bancroft Loop at Whitaker Woods. 0.7 miles. Forest floor surface that’s more than 5 feet wide. Stay west of the rail road tracks. Plentiful dogs and other walkers and runners. Parking at Whitaker Woods lot off Route 16 just after Pine street or at John Fuller School. Map at https://conwaynh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Whitaker-Woods_2017.pdf
Walked May 20 and June 8, 2020
Memorial Hospital Fitness Trail. 0.75 loop. Dirt/ gravel and forest floor surface – 4-8 feet wide. Trail head by Emergency Room parking lot. Includes 9 exercise stations. Map at https://mainehealth.org/-/media/memorial-hospital/mh192-demarktrailmap-8-30.pdf?la=en
Pudding Pond Trail. 1 mile out and back to stream, mostly gravel; total trail is a 2.5 mile loop. Dirt. Trailhead on Thompson Road, off Artist Falls Road. The trail is partly along a stream; the full loop has nice views of the pond. Map at https://conwaynh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Pudding-Pond_2015.pdf (walked 4/23/19 – snowy and wet)
Smith Eastman Trail along Saco River. 0.8 out and back. Dirt/ gravel. Trail head at the Smith Eastman Bridge, on Meetinghouse Hill Road, behind the Conway Police Station. Roots make the surface uneven in the first 100 years then it smooths out. The trail runs along the Saco River; and connects to additional trails to Kennett High School and Lamplighters. Map on kiosk at parking area. Can continue for full 2 miles out before return.
Bear Paw. 1 mile out and back. Gravel surface. Trailhead across Route 302 from the Stateline Store. Map at https://www.usvlt.org/uploads/Maps/East_Bear_Paw_Trail_Map-1.pdf. (need to walk for 2020)
Redstone Quarries, ___ miles. ____ surface. Trailhead from Mountain Rd off Rt 302 (historic artifacts at base of slope; climb to actual quarry would be arduous).
Not quite “walkable”, but easy and beautiful: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve 1.1 mile loop trail. Single-file, rock and root strewn trail with uneven footing and some elevation. Trailhead on Green Hill Road near Conway/ Chatham line. Easy hike to the Dewing Cottage Site, also easy to the cascades, but the connector between the two, including the height of land, does not meet our “reasonably flat” criteria. Map at https://www.usvlt.org/uploads/LML_v11.jpg (walked 04/25/19 – snowy and wet)
Sunset Beach Road. One mile out and back. Gravel surface. Trailhead just south of Purity Spring Resort on Route 153 at the junction of Horseleg Hill Road. There are several cellar holes along this old dirt road, and two short Audubon trails leave from the road. http://www.nhaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Hoyt.pdf (need to walk for 2019)
Foss Mountain. 0.9 miles out and back. Excellent lower trail with graded gravel path; upper areas involve some rocks, and elevation change. Magnificent views. Parking at trail head on Foss Mountain Road, off Bull Pasture Road. More than one mile of rough, steep dirt road to reach the parking lot. Is this trail flat enough to include ? Map ? (need to walk for 2019)
Pequawket Trail in the Freedom Town Forest. 2.2 mile out and back. Sand/ gravel surface. Trailhead at junction of Ossipee Lake Road and Pequawket Trail. Parking, kiosk and maps at trailhead. Map at http://townoffreedom.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Trailmap.pdf (walked in early June 2019 – nice wide, flat trails, maps on site)
Harmon Preserve. ___ miles. Sand/ gravel. Trail head at junction of Route 25 and Loon Lake Road. Part of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests Highwatch Preserve. Trail map ? (attempted to walk in early June; tall grass and minimal trail markings. Not recommended, but will follow up with SPNHF for future plans)
Mountain Division Trail. 4.0 miles. Asphalt/ gravel. ADA accessible. Trailheads at Route 113 (Portland St). at Lyman Dr. and also at US 302/E. Main St. at Haley Town Road. Visitor Center near Haley Town Road. Map at https://mainebyfoot.com/mountain-division-trail-fryeburg/ (need to walk for 2019 – but this is known to be ADA accessible)
Pond Loop and Sam Willey Trails. Walk in mid- late summer when water levels are low. Across from Crawford Notch visitor information center on Route 302. Bathrooms when the center is open; benches along trail; snack bar. Dirt surface trails, not entirely flat, but very walkable – 4-6 feet wide. The Pond Loop is 0.2 miles from the parking lot, across the dam bridge, and around behind the pond. The Sam Willey Trail is 0.5 out and back, across the dam bridge and then off to the right along the river. More hiking info at the center. Excellent spot for a picnic (walked 6/17/19; water too high May 27, 2020)
Bog Brook Trail. 1 mile out and back. Dirt surface. Trailhead at Carter Notch Road. Many wet areas on this trail. https://www.jackson-nh.org/sites/jacksonnh/files/uploads/prospectfarmmap.pdf (need to walk for 2019)
Jackson Village Loop. 1.4 mile loop. Paved sidewalks. Park at the Jackson Library; portable toilet in parking lot; walk around the Village and through the classic covered bridge along Route 16 and Route 16a. (walked 6/17/19. The covered bridge repair is complete, but there is some sidewalk work still happening on Route 16)
Ossipee Pine Barrens 1.6 mile ADA loop trail. Compacted rock designed to accommodate some wheelchairs. Consistent 5 feet wide path with wider corridor. There are multiple trails from this trailhead owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. Varied lengths. Walk through the globally rare pitch pine/scrub oak ecosystem. Listen to the varied and rare birdsong. Parking at trailhead off Route 41. Kiosk has additional information. ADA accessible trail opened fall of 2018. http://naturenh.org/OPBguide walked at trail opening in and May 23, 2020)
Ward Parcel 1.0 mile loop created as Eagle Scout project. Beautifully blazed. Some uneven forest floor surface. Nice woodlot; plenty of animal tracks and trail runs along (but does not cross) a mossy brook that runs all year. Park at Burke Field and find trailhead behind new solar array. Portable toilet. http://www.madison-nh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Madison-Trails-Map-Final-For-Distribution.pdf (walked 4/24/19 and 05/23/2020)
Frank Bolles Nature Preserve has several good options. Trailhead for all begins at the end of Scott road 3.3 miles north of Chocorua Village off Rt. 16. Heron Pond is ~1 mile in on leafy surface, 4-6 feet wide. The path crosses private land in the first ¼ mile. Turn left at the end of the field and follow The Nature conservancy yellow and green trail markers to the pond which is a glacial kettle hole – water and depression left behind after glacial melt. Old Mail Road (0.3 mi), Middle Trail (0.7 mi), and Lake trail (0.25 mi) form a wide, pine and oak forested access to the west edge of Chocorua Lake. Each section is very well marked. Maintained by the Chocorua Lake Conservation Society. Walked 5/30/2020 – Mosquitoes!
Jackman Pond Wildlife Area North Shore Trail. 1.0 mile loop Parking is available on the wide shoulder of Route 113 (Jackman Pond Road) at the Wildlife Area sign 0.7 miles north of Route 25, or at the Community School on Bunker Hill Road. North Shore Trail starts 200 feet west of the Wildlife Area sign. Trail circles the edge of the marsh and pond. Maps and descriptions http://www.tamworthconservationcommission.org/managed-lands-trails
Outside of Our Area; but Worth the Trip
Gorham Forest Service Ranger Station has a trail specifically designed for this kind of walking.
Lincoln Woods – on the Kanc, just before Loon Mountain Ski Area. ___ miles; gravel surface; former logging railroad bed. Parking, bathrooms, suspension bridge.
Great Glen Trails https://www.greatglentrails.com/explore-summer/trail-running-walking