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., 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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Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

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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Helpful Tips

  1. Plan and educate yourself about the difficulty ratings of walking paths – easy, moderate or difficult. Carry a guidebook with maps or take a photograph of kiosk trail head maps.
  2. Walk with a friend for safety and companionship. If hiking alone, be sure to tell a friend or a relative where you are hiking. Carry a smart phone, but also ensure there is coverage.
  3. Stay on designated paths, respect private and public land. Be considerate of animal wildlife habitat and wild plants – take pictures and leave nature undisturbed.
  4. Stay hydrated, carry water and snacks.
  5. Have appropriate hiking footwear with good traction.
  6. Wear appropriate clothing based on daily weather conditions and temperatures. Consider sunglasses, insect repellent (ticks), layers, trekking poles, and in the winter – micro spikes, YakTrax or snowshoes.
  7. Carry out trash and keep pets on leash unless otherwise posted and bring bags to dispose of pet wastes.
  8. Assess the parking situation at the trailhead, be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables in the car.
  9. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up before hiking.
  10. Stop regularly to ensure everyone is comfortable with the pace, the terrain, and their physical condition.

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