Spring has finally arrived, and summer isn’t far behind! This is the perfect season for exploring the hiking trails around North Conway. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, check out the top 5 lightly trafficked hiking trails around North Conway below!
Pudding Pond Loop
Start off by finding the trail head off of North South Road, just south of Locust Lane in North Conway. This easy trail is relatively flat and lightly trafficked, perfect for all hiking abilities. Be aware of wet and muddy ground during the springtime, and bugs in the summer. Take note that some of the small bog bridges may not be serviceable, so feet may get a little muddy. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept on-leash. Click here to learn more.
Carter Ledge Trail
This trail, accessed from the White Ledge Campground, is usually one of the lightly trafficked trails around North Conway, making it perfect for the solitary hiker. Carter Ledge Trail is 5.4 miles long, and is an out-and-back. Hiking starts through the woods, but then opens up to spectacular views of Mt. Chocorua near the top! This trail is dog-friendly, but they must be kept on-leash. Keep an eye out for the wildflowers in the springtime, and don’t forget your bug spray. Click here to learn more.
Carter Dome Trail
Looking for a challenge? Try the Carter Dome Trail. This hike will put your endurance to the test at 10.8 miles, so be sure you’re up for the trip. Be aware that there several stream crossings, so waterproof shoes or a change of socks might come in handy. The area is known for the wildflowers that grow abundantly. Bring your binoculars for birding as well, you can pick up a field guide at many of the stores in North Conway. Dogs are allowed, but on-leash. Rest your feet after your long day in front of the fire at your very own Pinkham Vacation Rental home! Click here to learn more.
Mountain Division Trail
Don’t feel like running into people on your hike? Try the lightly trafficked Mountain Division Trail. The trail head for this out-and-back hike starts in Fryeburg, ME. Soon it will be part of a larger trail network spanning from Fryeburg to Portland. Bringing kids or a stroller? This trail is paved, making it perfect for bringing the smallest family members. Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers as you stroll through the woods! Click here to learn more.
North Percy Trail
Make sure you’re ready for a tough day if you choose to hike North Percy Trail. Generally rated “difficult,” this hike involves some serious scrambling, so caution is advised to all. Make sure you are prepared for the elements, which can include snow and ice at the summit even during the springtime. Roughly 4 miles long, the view opens up at the summit, making the difficulty worth it. Find the trail head on Nash Stream Road. The best part? Dogs are allowed! Click here to learn more.
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