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.

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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