Featured HIKING TRAILS
Northeast of Lincoln, circling the 45,000 acre wilderness area is the 45 mile Pemigewasset Wilderness Loop climbs over ten peaks above 4,000 feet through bear and moose habitat. Brace yourself for the scramble up the 4,700 Mount Carrigan, and for endless cascading brooks and quiet woodlands. By the way, there are several shorter loops that can be formed. Make sure to camp at 13 Falls and stop at the Galehead Hut.
Southwest of Keene and west of Winchester, the 13,500 Pisgah State Park has about 20 miles of multi-use trails of varying difficulty through rugged terrain in the Ashuelot River Watershed. The park has 7 ponds and 4 highland ridges, and is the largest in the state of New Hampshire. Hikers must try the Ridge Loop (8 miles), the Kilburn Loop (5 miles) or the Dogwood Swamp Trail (3.2 miles).
Southeast of Gorham, the Highwater Trail provides for a challenging hiking trek. Beginning at the swinging bridge at Hastings, head southwest on the Highwater Trail. The terrain on this 8.9 mile trail varies from flat to quite steep in some sections. There are a number of stream crossings.
East of Manchester near Nottingham, the 5,600 acre Pawtuckaway State Park has 25 miles of trails. A moderately technical 12 mile loop with steep climbs on both single and double track combines the Fundy Trail, Shaw Trail, North Mountain Trail and Round Pond Trail.
Southwest of Concord and north of Hillsborough, the 1,500 acre Fox State Forest has 25 miles of backcountry trails which offer super mountain vistas. These hiking trails are difficult with roots, rocks and ledges. The 9 mile Ridge Trail is a figure-eight loop that roughly follows the border of this state forest and provided a great grand tour.
Starting near Bartlett, the 150 mile Cohos Trail runs north to the Canadian border and will eventually link up with Quebec's Sentiers Frontaliers trail. Along the way, the CT traverses numerous ridges and summits, and hiking treks through impenetrable forest of this glacial landscape. The southern trailhead is at the Davis Path trailhead which is north of Bartlett.
West of Conway, the 10 mile Nanamacomuck Trail is a moderately challenging hiking route through the White Mountains. The Lower Nanamacomuck is very easy to find and follow, as it parrallels the Swift River. After 7 miles of rolling track, the trail ends at the covered bridge campground on the Kancamaugus Highway.
West of Concord and northeast of Washington, the 8,200 acre Pillsbury State Park has miles of hiking trails. The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway is a 51 mile trail blazed in white extending along the eastern edge of the park. It connects the summits of Mount Monadnock and Mount Sunapee.