MWV Walkable Trails (by Town)

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.

  • 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.

LIST UPDATED 10/7/19. Please send any feedback to Deborah Fauver at [email protected]

Bobcat Trail to Bear Tree Loop to Maple Leaf Trail. 1.0 mile loop. Gravel surface. 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 June  – 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 2019)

 Nanamocomuck Trail. 1 mile out and back. Trailhead at Albany Covered Bridge, Passaconaway Road. Special feature – alongside the Swift River. 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. US fee area. (walked 6/6/19).

 Rocky Gorge & Lovequist Loop. Trailhead at Forest Service parking lot on the Kanc, 9 miles west of Route 16.   ADA-walkable paved paths and benches 0.1 mile to the Gorge; the bridge over the Gorge is also wheel chair accessible; the trail 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)

Moat Mineral Trail. 1 mile out and back (to the Smokey Quartz Mineral Collecting Area); the trail extends further. ______ surface. Trailhead at the end of High Street, off Passaconaway Road.  Too many bikes ?  Map ? (need to double check this walk for 2019)

Champney Falls Trail to Pitcher Falls.  1.4 miles out and back. Trailhead on the Kanc, ___ miles west of Route 16.  Is this really relatively flat and free of rocks and roots ?  Map ? (need to double check this walk for 2019)

Russell-Colbath House Rail ‘N River Interpretive Trail. 0.5 mile out and back. ______ surface.  ADA accessible ( ??? ) trail with interpretative signs.  Trailhead and bathrooms at the parking lot, 12 miles west of Route 16.  Map ? (Too much snow to walk 04/25/19 – need to double check this walk for 2019)

Sabbaday Falls  0.7 mile out and back.  _____ surface. Parking as USFS trailhead ___ west of Route 16 (technically this is in a corner of Waterville Valley). Map ? US fee area. (need to double check this walk for 2019)

Sugar Shack Trail.  0.7 mile loop. Dirt/ gravel surface. Trailhead at Believe in Books Sugar Shack, west side of Route 16. 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 – still some snow and wet areas)

Storybook Trail. 0.5 mile loop. Dirt/ gravel surface. Trailhead at Believe in Books Sugar Shack, west side of Route 16. 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 – still some snow and wet areas)

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 2019)

Thorne Pond Conservation Area. 1 mile loop. Off Route 302, across from entrance to Grand Summit. US fee area. Trail around pond.  Map ?  (need to double check this for 2019)

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.  Stay west of the rail road tracks. Map at https://conwaynh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Whitaker-Woods_2017.pdf  (walked 4/19/19 – still snowy and wet)

Memorial Hospital Fitness Trail. 0.75 loop. Dirt/ gravel. 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 (need to walk for 2019)

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. The trail runs along the Saco River; and connects to additional trails. Map on kiosk at parking area. Online map is being updated; watch Town of Conway website. (walked 04/22/19; snowy and wet)

Bear Paw. 1 mile out and back. Gravel surface. Trailhead across Route 302 from the Stateline Store.  Map at https://www.usvlt.org/conserved-lands/bearpaw/37  (need to walk for 2019)

Redstone Quarries, ___ miles. ____ surface.  Trailhead from Mountain Rd off Rt 302 (historic artifacts at base of slope; climb to actual quarry would be arduous).  Is anything here flat enough to meet our criteria ? (need to walk for 2019)

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.  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.  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)

Maggies Run. 0.8-mile trail along Saco River north of Dry River Campground. Parking and access from the north end of the trail at Pleasant Valley picnic area on Rt 302.  This trail runs along the Saco River and frequently washes out.  Is it reasonable for this list ??? (need to walk for 2019)

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: 1.3 mile ADA loop trail. Compacted rock designed to accommodate some wheelchairs. 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. 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 2018 – need to walk for 2019, but known to be very flat and ADA accessible)

Ward Parcel: 1.0 mile loop from parking. 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. Portable toilet. http://www.madison-nh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Madison-Trails-Map-Final-For-Distribution.pdf (walked 4/24/19 – some snow and wet)

Waterfowl Havens Trail. 0.4 mile loop. Level forest floor surface; short and sweet. Good birding at the pond. Trailhead on the east side of Route 16, near the Chocorua Fire Station,  just north of Chocorua Village. Do NOT park at the Fire Station ! Map at http://www.tamworthconservationcommission.org/managed-lands-trails (walked 4/24/19 – some wet areas, no snow)

Frank Bolles Nature Preserve. ______ miles. _______ surface. Trailhead at ___

______________________________________________.  Map at ____________

Heron Pond Trail. 0.9 mile out and back.  Forest floor surface. Trailhead shared with the Hammond Trail to Chocorua, about 0.4 miles down Scott Road, off Route 16, in Chocorua.  Map at http://www.chocorualakeconservancy.org/land-conservation-2/map-of-protected-properties/ (too wet to walk in sneakers 04/25/19)

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

LIST UPDATED 10/7/19. Please send any feedback to Deborah Fauver at [email protected]

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