Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

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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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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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

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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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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