HIKING / CLIMBING

705 Rumney Route 25

Rumney, NH 03266

(603) 536-1888

Grey Rocks Conservation Area

This ecologically rich conservation land has a 1.5-mile trail system with bridges that wind through the heart of the Cockermouth River delta, and observation platforms for views and contemplation. Grey Rocks was donated to the NLRA by the McLane family in 2011. Today, wandering the level and well-marked trails is a perfect way to breath fresh air in a serene setting and to experience an intimate connection with Nature. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are allowed, but owners are responsible for removing all pet waste. Please remember, Grey Rocks is a Leave No Trace, carry-in/carry-out property.

N. Shore Rd, Hebron, NH 03241

Inspiration Point - Slim Baker Trails

Worthen Trail (easiest route to Inspiration Point): 0.17 miles
This unblazed trail follows a wide multi-use road up the western side of Little Round Top, straight to Inspiration Point, on the summit.in/carry-out property.

New Chester Mountain Road, Bristol, NH 03222

Goose Pond and Sugarloaf Conservation Area

Park at the Wellington State Park (fee) or the Elwell Trailhead across the street (W. Shore Rd). Wellington offers a great loop along the shore of Newfound while the Elwell trail takes you to expansive views of the lake or the secluded Goose Pond area

 

614 West Shore Road, Bristol, NH 03222

Cardigan Mountain - VIA AMC Lodge

Though not one of the highest mountains in New Hampshire, Mt. Cardigan is extremely popular among hikers in the Northeast. Mt. Cardigan is widely popular due to its variety of trails, accessibility to Boston and, and that its bald summit gives 360 degree panoramic views. The mountain is often compared to Mt. Manadnock because of its wide popularity, similar height, bald top, and circumstances in that both mountains had major forest fires (Mt. Cardigan's in 1855).

774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222

Rumney Rocks

Rumney is one of the premier sport climbing destinations in the country. This area has become a focal point of hard sport climbing, with climbers from all over the world visiting during the fall season.

Numerous crags dot the hillside of Rattlesnake Mountain above the sleepy town of Rumney, New Hampshire. Each crag is distinct in character but similar in rock type: schist. It is the rock that sets Rumney apart. The schist is reminiscent to wood, as the rock crystals form a definite "grain."

While many sport climbing areas climb walls, the routes at Rumney climb features, be they aretes, grooves, dikes, corners, or cracks. Therefore, the lines feel more defined than at other climbing areas.

Also, unlike many other sport climbing areas, Rumney offers quality climbs at all grades. From 5.3 to 5.15a, the visiting climber can surely find a challenging and engaging route. Add a supportive and positive local scene, incredible fall colors, and well-equipped routes, and Rumney ranks among the best sport crags on earth.

2385 Buffalo Rd, Rumney, NH 03266

Paradise Point at Newfound Lake

Paradise Point Nature Center and Wildlife sanctuary, located on the north shore of Newfound Lake, includes 43 acres with 3,500 feet of rocky, unspoiled lakeshore.

In the early 1960s, Colonel and Mrs. Alcott Elwell gave this property to the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, who donated it to the Audubon Society of New Hampshire in 1966. Through a challenge grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, contributors, and volunteers, Paradise Point Nature Center was constructed in 1969 to offer environmental education services to people of all ages.

290 N Shore Rd, Hebron, NH 03241

Welton Falls

The AMC Cardigan Lodge, built in 1934 and attracting hikers ever since, serves as a trailhead for both the summit of Mt. Cardigan and a delightful package of waterfalls of different shapes and sizes, ranging from a staircase of cascades to a 15-foot tall plunge surrounded by cliff walls on all sides (the lower half of Welton Falls, to be specific). Above the 15-foot plunge, the upper half of Welton Falls consists of an 8-foot tall cascade, hidden from most vantage points around the falls by the deep walls of a gorge.

There are several vantage points to enjoy here. Stroll up to the top of the main falls, where you will find an overhanging ledge with safety rails. There is also a great view of the falls from a cliff on the opposite side of the falls. Lastly, scramble your way downstream and you can see the falls off in the distance, tucked between the towering gorge walls.

774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222

Old Hill Village

In February 1937, residents of Hill Village NH learned that their village, near the Pemigewasset River, was to become a flood control reservoir for the Franklin Falls dam project. To accommodate the construction of the Franklin Falls Dam, the village of Hill NH was to be relocated. By January of 1940, the citizens of Hill NH formed an association, purchased land, and began planning a new model village with the help of the NH State Planning and Development Commission. Construction started in 1940, and by June of 1941 the new town hall and school were completed, along with the streets, water system, and 30 houses. The 1941 town meeting was called to order in the old town hall, recessed, and reconvened in the new village.

Today, we are left with the history and remains of Hill Village New Hampshire. A town that is now frozen in time just as it was left in 1941.

Guide Books of the historical markers are available at www.hillhistoricalsociety.com and at North Woods Gifts & Gallery for $5

 

DIRECTIONS from Bristol, take Rte 3A South to Hill (approx. 5 miles), turn left onto Old Town Road and follow to end past Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The Newfound Play List: Bike, Hike, Kayak, and Walk around Newfound Lake, New Hampshire

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