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Hiking in the Plymouth Area

Plymouth and the surrounding region has much to offer the hiker and the biker.  Whether you are a professional, an amateur, or somewhere in between, there is truly something for everyone in central New Hampshire.

 

Hiking

Plymouth Area:

New Hampshire Heritage Trail
is a 230 mile walking trail that stretches across New Hampshire from its border with Massachusetts to its border with Canada. 

Plymouth's portion of the trail is a 5.6 mile long walking loop with sixteen points of interest:

  • Plymouth Regional Senior Center / Railroad Depot
  • Draper & Maynard building
  • Asquamchumaukee Rock
  • Ward Hill
  • Frost Cottage
  • Round's Hall
  • Plymouth Historical Society
  • Holmes's Rock
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Plymouth Town Hall
  • Plymouth Congregational Church
  • Plymouth Common: (Kneeling Boyscout, Nathaniel Hawthorne Plaque, Bandstand)
    Pease Public Library
  • Fox Pond Park

The trail begins north of the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Green Street.  Please use caution when walking the trail.  Brochure maps are available at the Plymouth Area Welcome Center.

Map and Guide to Heritage Trail

Plymouth Mountain
lies in Plymouth, northeast of Newfound Lake.  The true summit is wooded, but nearby ledges afford excellent views.  The Plymouth Mountain trail provides access to the summit from the town of Hebron.  The Fauver Link Trail to Sutherland trail is a newer trail from Plymouth on the north side of the mountain and makes a longer, but more satisfying ascent from the traditional route.  It also provides access to a knob called "Pike's Peak", a ledge with an excellent view north and east.

Walter Newton Natural Area
163 acres of nature preserve with a 3 1/2 mile loop to Rainbow Falls waterfall along the Ruth Walter and Glove Hollow Trails.  Perfect for families  For the more intrepid, there is now easy and full access to the Ken Sutherland Trail to the summit of Plymouth Mountain via the Fauver Preserve on Hebron Road.

 

Newfound Area:

Bristol - Walking Tour of Historic Bristol
In 2005 the Town of Bristol Downtown Revitalization Committee, working in conjunction with local resources, crafted a small brochure outlining a self-guided tour to historic Bristol.

The entire tour can be done in an hour and takes one past some of Bristol’s oldest and most historically signficant structures. Many of the buildings are on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, most are part of the Town of Bristol’s Historic District, and one — the Henry Whipple House — is on the State of New Hampshire’s Register of Historic Places.

Goose Pond
Short hike across from Wellington State Park, West Shore Road, Bristol.

Little and Big Sugarloaf
Short or long hike to beautiful scenic views of Newfound Lake, trail starts across from Wellington State Park, parking area at trailhead, trail system can be hiked to Alexandria and Hebron.

Profile Falls
Swimming, fishing and picnicking.  Great area to walk or bike and view the falls.  Route 3A, Bristol.

Sculptured Rocks
Swimming in cold water pools, hiking and picnicking with interesting rock formations.

Slim Baker Area
A short hike to scenic views and picnic area.  Roundtop and Inspiraton Point, New Chester Mountain Road, Bristol, 603-744-8094.

Welton Falls
Hiking trails to Mount Cardigan and Newfound Lake.

 

View of Squam from Rattlesnake Mountain
View of Squam from Rattle Snake Mountain
Welch Dickey Loop
View from Welch Dickey Loop

Other area hiking trails include: 

  • Appalachian Trail ~ Route 25-C in Warren
  • Greeley Ponds Trail ~ Livermore Road in Waterville Valley
  • Livermore Trail ~ Waterville Valley
  • Mount Fayal ~ Holderness
  • Mount Morgan / Mount Percival ~ Holderness
  • Mount Osceola Trail ~ Tripoli Road in Waterville Valley
  • Rattlesnake Mountain ~ Buffalo Road in Rumney
  • Sandwich Mountain Trail ~ Waterville Valley
  • Smart's Brook Cascades ~ Waterville Valley
  • Squam Range ~ Route 113 in Holderness
  • Stinson Mountain Trail ~ Stinson Lake Road in Rumney
  • Three Ponds Trail ~ Rumney
  • Welch & Dickey Mountains Trail ~ Waterville Valley

 

Biking

Lakes Region

With over 200 lakes and ponds, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and mountains.  Roads wind along lakes and rivers offering breathtaking views.  The terrain is rolling to moderately hilly, and traffice varies from light to moderate in the spring and fall, but can be very heavy during the summer vacation season.

White Mountain Region

Home to the 780,000 acre White Mountain National Forest, this region offers some of the best and most physically challenging biking.  Many of the biking roads go over "notches", which often involve several miles of steady climbing with several miles of descent. This region is generally regarded as the most scenic in the state of New Hampshire.

Maps can be obtained at the Plymouth Regional Welcome Center.

RESOURCES

White Mountain National Forest Headquarters

NH Bike/Ped 
Hike Safe

 

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