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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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

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: 05/06/2024

Whitaker Woods

Whitaker Woods offers miles of intersecting flat trails that form loops and out-and-back paths that make for a wide variety of walks.  Loops may be 0.7 – 1.0 miles or much longer if done together. 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.

Please be aware of the logging that is taking place to remove the dead and dying red oaks that suffered from the two years of spongy moth infestation and last year’s mid May killing frost.  Heartbreaking as it is to see the gapping holes in the forest, many of the trails are still very enjoyable.

Last updated May 20, 2024

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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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Trail Last Updated: 01/06/2023

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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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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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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