Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

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.  Along the Swift River are spectacular views of the water and mountains.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

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 along the beautiful 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. The trail continues 2.6 miles one-way to Rocky Gorge but that does not meet our Most Walkable criteria. US fee area.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/05/2023

Rocky Gorge

ADA (ABA) wheelchair accessible. 0.6 mile out and back. Trailhead at Forest Service parking lot on the Kanc, 9 miles west of Route 16.  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 wheelchair 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. Signs point to Lovequist Loop around the pond but it does not meet the criteria of most walkable.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

Moat Mineral Trail

Not quite walkable, but fun to do with kids or grandkids. This is 1.8 mile round trip to the Smokey Quartz Mineral Collecting Area. Trailhead is at the end of High Street, 1.2 miles off Passaconaway Road from West Side Road. Expect some mountain bikers. Well-marked, yellow trail. Pretty easy for first .3 mile of trail. It then becomes very rooty and steep at .5 mile, before crossing a dry riverbed. Be sure you have poles. If you are going to mine at all, you need to fill out paperwork at trailhead and put paper on your windshield. There is no cost.

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Sabbaday Falls

0.7 mile out to the falls. Trailhead 16 miles west of Route 16 on the Kanc. Parking as USFS  fee area. Gravel/clay/pine needle surface, gentle incline, 4-8 feet wide. Some steepish grade as it follows the Sabbaday Brook but there are good benches along the way. Beautiful emerald pool below the rushing falls.

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Forest Road 17 to Mountain Pond Trailhead

Drive 3.2 miles on Town Hall Road from 16A in Intervale and park in the parking lot at the White Mountain National Forest sign. This forest road , known as FR 17, is a wide, dirt/gravel surface, hugging East Branch River with waterfalls and streams gurgling from the hillside. There are numerous locations for a picnic at various camping sites along the road. Be aware the road is open to vehicles during the warmer months and snowmobiles and cross-country skiers in winter. Walk 3.3 miles one way to the Mountain Pond Trailhead or turn around whenever you wish.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

Sugar Shack Trail

The 0.7 mile loop starts at the Believe in Books driveway entrance.  The 6-10 ft wide dirt and pine needle path with mild root and rock surface arcs a loop through sun dappled forest. Best done clockwise to follow the signage.  Short section on the Great Ridge trail – bear right at the signs. Children’s books or $5.00 donation welcome.

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Storybook Trail

Believe in Books on Rt. 16 in the Intervale. Originating at the right side of the kiosk at the furthest end of the road, this 0.48 mile trail undulates in the forest.  It is great for families and kids.  Rotating displays of children’s classic books are illustrated along 22 signs. Many other off-shoot trails are possible and well-marked at the kiosk.

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Slippery Brook Trail

This trail begins at the north end of Slippery Brook Road, also known as Forest Road 17, referred to as Town Hall Road at its south end, located 7 miles from the intersection with Rt. 16A. The trail follows FR 17, gently undulating over a mix of grass and dirt road, with some limited views north up the Slippery Brook valley. A pleasant walk for about 2 miles one way, the trail then becomes harder and more difficult to follow, so it is recommended to return the same way.  Please note there is no cell service available on this trail.

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Thorne Pond Conservation Area

1-mile flat loop. More than 5 feet wide. Trailhead is off of 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.

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Morrell Family Community Trail

This 0.75 mile gravel/clay loop is ADA wheelchair compliant, 6-8 feet wide, and meanders with well-built wooden bridges over streams. 10-station fitness and nature trail is on the western-most parcel. Parking is at the entrance to the complex just east of Bartlett Village.

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Forest Road 303, Green Hill

Forest road 303 is 5 miles north of Sherman Farms Market on Green Hill Road leads off to the left. It is gated so walk as far as you want with no cars. It runs just to the west of Middle Brook.

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Trail Last Updated: 06/06/2023

MWV Rec Path

This 2.8 mile one-way (5.6 mile out and back) paved, ADA (ABA) accessible path weaves gently from Mt. Cranmore to Hemlock Road, just north of Walmart with plentiful parking and a third access point at Thompson Road.  Benches dot the path for resting and viewing the mountains and Pudding Pond. The path is shared by cyclists, strollers and skateboards but there is plenty of room for everyone. Walk as far as you like.

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Pine Hill Community Trail

Pine Hill Community Trail – 2.6 mile down and back from the right side of Gary Millen stadium to the intersection of the Conway Rec Path on the Saco River. The woodland trail is newly graded, widened (5-6 feet) and covered with composted fine gravel for smooth, easy walking except for the last 0.1 mile. Parking is at the far end of the Kennett High School parking lot adjacent to the stadium. Continue on along the Conway Rec Path for stunning views of the Saco River.

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Trail Last Updated: 05/08/2023

Pequawket Pond Preserve

Family friendly flat 0.54 mile (1.2 total out and back) trail begins in tall grass but rises to an overlook along Pequawket Pond and loops back with views of Pequawket River.  It is nestled in the 24 acre Upper Saco Valley Land Trust Preserve. Mostly single or double file path on dirt.

Directions to the trailhead – Off of Rt. 113, turn on Cranmore Shores Road near Coleman’s. Bear left to stay on Cranmore Shores, then at 0.2 miles turn left on Bridge street and continue to the end.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

Whitaker Woods

White Mountain Milers Loop: 0.7 – 1.0 miles. Flat, forest floor, pine needle and wood chip surface that’s more than 5 feet wide. Start near the visitors shed and progress heading east around the far perimeter of the ballfield, then into the woods. Stay west of the railroad tracks or go over the tracks and turn left and loop back.  Watch for white directional arrows on the trees. You are joined by plentiful numbers of dogs, other walkers and runners or skiers and snowshoers in winter.  Parking at Whitaker Woods lot off Route 16 just after Pine Street or at John Fuller School.

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Trail is a 3/4 mile loop that begins outside the Merriman House at Memorial Hospital. It includes nine exercise stations that were developed by the staff at the Memorial Hospital Heart Health & Wellness Center. The trail is free and open to the public. Dirt/ gravel and forest floor surface – 4-8 feet wide.   Connects to the full system of Whitaker Woods trails.  Trail head begins to the right of the road leading to the Emergency Room parking lot.

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0.8 out and back. Dirt/ gravel. Trail head at the Smith Eastman Bridge, on Meetinghouse Hill Road, behind the Conway Police Station. The $5.00 parking pass for non-Conway residents begins on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend and ends on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Conway and Albany residents must have a sticker.  Roots make the surface uneven in the first 100 yards then it smooths out. The trail runs along the Saco River with gorgeous views 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.

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Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

1.1 mile loop trail. Single-file, rock and root strewn trail with uneven footing and some elevation. Good for winter micro-spikes and poles. 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.

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1252 Eaton Rd. Trail head parking is south of the Purity Spring resort at a kiosk at the intersection of Eaton Rd. and Horse Leg Hill Rd. In Winter these trails are used for snowshoe and x-country skiing. A Pass must be purchased from Purity Springs Resort to use these trails in the Winter.

Esker Trail-. This is a .5 mile, yellow blazed loop trail. Approximately 30 minutes. One small portion has a bit of an incline.

This popular trail lies atop an esker, a glacial sand & gravel deposit, and has views of Purity Lake and the kettlehole pond called ‘No Bottom Pond’ with its interesting bog plants like Black Spruce and Rhodora. It also showcases some of the biggest White Pines on the sanctuary. Summer birdlife here includes Pine Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, & Common Yellowthroat.

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About 5.2 miles north of Sherman Farms Market is a pleasant walk on the east side of Middle Brook. At the end of the road is the Province Pond Trail. There is a hiker sign at the beginning of the road. It is gated in the winter but not during hiking season.

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Almost 5 miles north of Sherman Farms Market on Rt. 113 (Green Hill Road). It has a hiker symbol pertaining to the Weeks Brook Trail that summits Mt. Kearsarge. You can stay on the forest rd. and go as far as you want. There is a gate across the road so there are no cars and in the winter certain parts are snowmobile trails. Good for micro spikes or snowshoes.

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1.0 mile out and back.  Dirt/gravel surface. Trailhead is at FSR 355 on the Stone House Road, off of Rt. 113.  Short bit on Service Rd, then the trail branches to the right and follows the Cold River.  No cell service on this trail. Forest service bathrooms are at the nearby Bald Face Trail parking area on Rt. 113.  Nearby, Notchview Farmstand is an added treat.

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Beaver Pond Trail

Formerly known as Old Pequawket Trail, this is 2.2 miles out and back. Trailhead is at the junction of Ossipee Lake Rd. and Pequawket Trail. Parking and a green kiosk with maps are at the trailhead. The surface is sand and wide gravel and it’s grade is low and flat.

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Trout Pond Trail

Formerly known as Jackman Ridge Trail – 3 miles out and back to Trout Pond but you can just walk and turn around at your will. Trailhead is on Shawtown Rd., off of Ossipee Lake Rd., a little further east of Pequawket Trail. There’s a kiosk with map at the parking lot. Trail is wide, sandy and with gravel on a slight incline.

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Forest Ecology Trail

1.2 mile loop. This trail parking is located about 3.3 miles west from Rt. 153 on Ossipee Lake Road, west of Camp Calumet. Nice view of Jackman Ridge at halfway point.  (This is not the Jackman Ridge Trail nor the Ossipee Pine Barrens in Madison off of Rt. 41 that is ADA compliant).

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Trail Last Updated: 09/05/2023

Mountain Division Trail

Fully ADA accessible. 4 .0 miles. (8 Mile out and back if you walk the entire length) Walk as long out and back as comfortable.  Asphalt, 7-8 feet wide.   Abuts an old railway bed, bogs and forest.  Plentiful parking at trailheads at Route 113 (Portland St), at Lyman Dr., and also at US 302/E. Main St. at Haley Town Road Visitor Center near NH/Maine state line.  Family and bike friendly as well.

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ADA Accessible. Length – as far as you would like. Except for the two weeks of the Fair, the open Fairgrounds has multiple open empty paved roads for looping around and among the farm buildings. Demonstrations and activities are often happening.  Less than a mile north on Route 5 from Fryeburg Center, there is ample parking.

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Trail Last Updated: 06/08/2023

Fryeburg Town Forest

 Tall pines grace this deeply wooded, 0.94-mile trail of pine needle surface . The full out and back is 1.1 miles.  Mostly single file with good boardwalks over streams to a section overlooking the Saco River with canoeists often floating by. Trailhead parking is 3.1 miles north of Fryeburg town center on the left.

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Pond Loop and Sam Willey Trails

Best time to walk is in mid-late summer when water levels are low. Park across from Crawford Notch visitor information center on Route 302, 12 miles north of Bartlett. Bathrooms and snack bar are available when the center is open. Dirt surface trails, not entirely flat, but very walkable – 4-6 feet wide with numerous benches. 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

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WMNF Forest Road 233/JSTF Boggy Brook Trail

This dirt/gravel road extends 2.05 miles out (4.10 miles round trip) to a dead end with seasonal views into Carter Notch. Bridge crossings provide viewpoints over Wildcat Brook and Bog Brook. There are minor elevational changes along the way. The road is located at the end of Carter Notch Road just over 5 miles from the Jackson Community Church. During the winter months it is groomed for cross-country skiing by Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF).  Limited parking is available in the cooperative Town of Jackson-WMNF trailhead parking lot just beyond the Bog Brook Trailhead. Additional trails of increasing difficulty are also available

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Tin Mountain Conservation Center interpretive nature trail leaves from the mid-point of the bus parking lot into the ravine with a beautifully sculpted trail and bridge. Total distance around the athletic fields to Eagle’s Way road and back is 1.8 miles with interpretive signs along the way. Like the Pine Hill Trail, the surface is well compacted, smooth and delightful for anyone with mobility issues.

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Jackson Village Loop

This 1.45 mile loop is on paved sidewalks along Route 16 and Route 16A through the center of Jackson Village. Park in the lower lot of the Jackson Library; a portable toilet is available in the parking lot.  Highlights include the Jackson Covered Bridge, Jackson Community Church, and the Wentworth Hotel. A short side trail along the federally designated Wildcat River in the Town Park is also available.

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A scenic .5 mile roundtrip walk along the federally-designated Wild and Scenic Wildcat River featuring beautiful flower gardens and views across the Town Park and village of Jackson. Parking is available between the Old Library and Jackson Community Church. A great addition to the Jackson Village Loop, this trail is closed to walkers during cross country ski season.  Due to recent flooding in the summer of 2023, the trail may be temporarily closed.

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Jackson Library Story Walk

Located behind the Jackson Public Library, this .42 mile loop is part of a larger trail loop through the forest. It has some wet areas, uneven terrain and moderate elevational changes. Wear sturdy footwear and be aware of poison ivy along the trail. Park in the library’s lower lot; a portable toilet is available in the parking lot. The storybook panels are changed periodically throughout spring/summer/fall season.

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Trail Last Updated: 09/07/2023

Madison Boulder

This is one of the most popular, accessible outdoor attractions in the Valley.   Go to the end of Boulder Road, off of Route 113 and park. The trail distance is 0.6 mile round trip.  Go through the gate and follow a flat, wide, serene trail with gravel, sandy terrain that can be navigated with wheeled walker. There are excellent explanations regarding geology and history of the area. According to the Madison Conservation Commission, the Madison Boulder is the largest glacial erratic in New England and among the largest in the world. Excellent Grandparent-Grandchild hike.

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Trail Last Updated: 09/07/2023

Madison Boulder Woods Preserve

There is a spur off to the right from the Boulder trail, taking you into Nature Conservancy protected forest.  The trail is narrower – single file – and has one stretch that is at an incline. It is an amble in the woods with the river gurgling off to the left.  Go as far as you would like and return.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/04/2023

Cooks Pond Forest Trail

Take East Shore Road off of Route 41 and then turn right on Lead Mine Road. Dedicated parking is about 200 yards on right. Park in Goodwin Town Forest lot. Cross the road and access the trail on the left. The route is 1.4 mile round trip to Cooks Pond. Follow well placed Nature Conservancy trail markers for the Cooks Pond Forest Trail. A loop hike is available for a total distance of 2.3 miles with more ups and downs.

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Ossipee Pine Barrens

There are multiple trails of various lengths from this trailhead on land that is owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The most popular is the 1.6 mile out and back ADA Accessible trail on compacted rock that is designed to accommodate some wheelchairs. Consistent 5 feet wide path with wider corridor. 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.

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The Park is located on Long Sands Rd. off of Rt. 25 in Ossipee. It is 2.3 miles East of Rt.16 and 2.9 miles West from Rt.153N. There are 5 walking trails.

There are 5 walking trails. Go past the entrance to the park and turn right onto Conservation Rd. Follow the signs to” Hiking Trails” and park in the circular loop. These trails are easily accessible, but not considered ADA Handicap accessible. If done together they form a 2 mile long round trip.

 Deer Run Trail – .23 mile one way North side of lot. It is the wider and flatter of the trails. Part of it is a board walk over the wetlands. At the north end it crosses a dirt road (Long Sands) and ends on the southern side of Ossipee Lake with a beautiful view.

Moose Trail .23 mile is at the southern side of the parking lot. Red markings. It joins with Green Mountain Trail which bears to the right and loops around back to Moose.

Green Mountain is .34 mile. This is in the woods and has slightly higher grades.

Beaver Trail – .25 mile and Hill Top – .3 mile. At the end of Moose Mountain Trail, turn right and you will see an intersection of Hill Top Trail that goes to the right, and Beaver trail that goes to the left. On Beaver there are beautiful views of the Beaver Bog and a bench for resting.  They both loop around and join one another.

 

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0.23 mile one way (0.46 out and back)  is at north side of lot. It is the wider and flatter of the trails. Part of it is a board walk over the wetlands. The north end crosses a dirt road (Long Sands) and ends on the southern side of Ossipee Lake with a beautiful view.

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0.23 miles is at the southern side of the parking loop with red markings. It joins with Green Mountain Trail which bears to the right and loops around back to Moose.

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Green Mountain Natural Area Trail is located on Green Mountain Rd., a few hundred feet from the intersection of Rt. 153N/Rt 25. Green Mountain Road continues south off of Rt. 153N when it intersects with Rt. 25. There is no parking area. Be sure to park far enough off the road. The trail is .5 mile one way, (1 mile round trip) Follow the arrows. it goes to the right and the left.

Further West on Rt. 25, (3.2 miles from 153 N, and 8.3 miles from Rt. 16), you will take a right onto Huntress Bridge Rd. Go over the bridge and on your left is the headquarters of GMCC – Blue Heron House. This is a beautiful sanctuary with two interpretive nature trails:

Great Blue Heron Trail is a .2-mile loop.
Artemis Trail is .4 mi one way. (.8 mile round trip)

 

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At the end of Moose Mountain Trail, turn right and you will see an intersection of Hill Top Trail that goes to the right, and Beaver trail that goes to the left. They both loop around and join one another. Hill Top is .24 Mi. long; Beaver Trail is .31Mi. (Last updated May 2023)

There is ample parking in both lots.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

Binsack Trail at Remick Museum

Remick Museum is at 58 Cleveland Hill Rd. in Tamworth Village just past the Barnstormer Theater and across the street from the Tamworth Distillery. Parking is on the left, immediately after the museum. The entrance to the trail is to the left of the entrance to the museum. It is clearly marked.

This beautiful, 0.6 mile, wide, loop trail meanders around the perimeter of the Farm. It would be considered ADA, but the grade is a little more than ADA requires. A pony, cows, goats, wildflowers, birds all create a bucolic scene overlooking a pond. There are several benches to sit and take in the joy that surrounds you. It is a delight.

Animals are not permitted. Open daylight hours, only.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/05/2023

Frank Bolles Nature Preserve

The Frank Bolles Nature Preserve has several good options. The 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 (one way) 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 one way), Middle Trail (0.7 mi one way), and Lake trail (0.25 mi one way) 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.

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The spectacular Fred Steele Memorial Trail  (ADA  accessible) is about 1/3 mile in length, (2/3 mile round trip). It meanders through forest into marshland that is accessed via a 500’ boardwalk. It terminates at a platform with benches and interpretive panels, with impressive views of the Sandwich Mountain Range to the northwest and the Ossipee Mountains to the southeast. This ~.6 mile roundtrip walk is worth the drive. Bring your binoculars and camera.

Directions: From the junction of Routes 25 and 113, 1.2 miles west of South Tamworth, turn north on Route 113 heading towards North Sandwich. Look for the Thompson Sanctuary kiosk and sign on the left after 2.9 miles, and park in the designated parking area

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This lovely, wide old forest road/path is fairly flat and right along the crystal clear river.  The round trip is 0.75 miles, and includes walking over the bridge.

Limited parking is on the right, at the junction of Old Mail Road with 113A, 3.2 miles on Rt 113A from Tamworth center.

(Do not park in front of the orange gate.) There are single blue markings on the trees. At .2 miles there is a very wide bridge crossing the river on the left. Going straight, the trail continues to a fork where some go on to Bowles Trail and the Fire Tower but these are no longer Most Walkable. Returning on the path, cross the wide sturdy bridge and take in the beauty of the river. If you want a loop, bear left after the bridge back to Rt. 113A and go left to return to the parking.

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Lots of options on this lovely 3.6 mile out and back trail to the bridge that crosses the brook. For a view of waterfalls, go another 0.2 miles from the bridge and follow the trail to the left though it is bumpier terrain and not as friendly but certainly doable. Falls are breathtaking and worth the effort – just be patient and cautious. If going in winter, wear micro spikes rather than snowshoes.

Trailhead located on 113A on left side of road about 5.0 miles from Tamworth Town Center and about 0.5 miles prior to Ferncroft Road in Wonalancet

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Trail Last Updated: 05/05/2023

Esker Trail

This is a .5 mile, yellow blazed loop trail. Approximately 30 minutes. Small portion has a bit of an incline.

This popular trail lies atop an esker, a glacial sand & gravel deposit, and has views of Purity Lake and the kettlehole pond called ‘No Bottom Pond’ with its interesting bog plants like Black Spruce and Rhodora. It also showcases some of the biggest White Pines on the sanctuary. Summer birdlife here includes Pine Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, & Common Yellowthroat.

Directions: Route 153 South to Purity Springs Resort. Just south of The Inn and Traditions Restaurant, is a kiosk on east side of Rt. 153 and Horse Leg Hill Rd. Park here. Esker begins behind the kiosk. You can begin either way.

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 This gravel surface trail leaves from the Glen Ellis Parking Lot on the west side of Rt. 16., 8.7 Miles north from the Jackson Covered Bridge. The trail has some steps along the way, but it is just .27 miles (.54 miles round trip), to a great view from the top of Glen Ellis Falls. The trail continues to the bottom of the trail but involves a very steep and often slippery wet staircase.

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Park at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and walk across Rt. 16 to the Lost Pond Trail. Follow the trail 359 feet on a board walk to an overlook across an active beaver bog. The trail continues .5 mile ( 1 mile round trip) to Lost Pond, but has many rocks and roots.

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