Black Cap Trail

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Black Cap Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Conway, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 675 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

One of the most popular short hikes in the White Mountains, this relatively easy hike is blazed in red and offers excellent views of the White Mountains and the Presidential Range. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, and is an excellent place for walking, hunting, and observing wildlife. Camping, fires or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash. For more information and a trail map, visit: www.nature.org/newhampshire/greenhills


3 days ago

hiking

Nice easy trail with dogs and kids. 2 options to get to top (one less rocky). Great views at top.


12 days ago

hiking

Quick easy hike with the family. Has some nice views of the surrounding mountains. There was a few people at the top painting pictures of the view. Lot of traffic through there.


23 days ago

hiking

Very easy trail! Went up with a 3 and 4 year old and they did great.


23 days ago

hiking


25 days ago

backpacking

Fun hike!!!


25 days ago

Fun hike!


26 days ago

hiking

Family favorite.


28 days ago

hiking

Great views from the top!


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail for the whole family. The views from top are fantastic for the effort involved. Plenty of open space on top to let our youngest out of the carrier to toddle around.


1 month ago

hiking

One of our favorite easy hikes! Good casual inclines for most of the trip and a semi-steep rocky section towards the end. Views are well worth it.


1 month ago

fantastic views. family frindly. not too hard. lots of bugs in June. bring bug spray


2 months ago

Great views of North Conway and ledges.


2 months ago

hiking

The road up to the trail is more of a hike than the actual hike. Good, quick and easy trail with great views at the top. The whole hike, up and down, only took about an hour.


3 months ago

hiking


3 months ago

hiking

Amazing 360 degree view. Only takes about 30 minutes from the parking lot to the top.


3 months ago

Nice hike with my 9 and 12 year olds. I saw lots of families enjoying this hike.


5 months ago

snowshoeing

Our hike was on February 12, 2016. This was a bit more strenuous than we expected. But that was mostly due to the fact that we had to hike the two miles up Hurricane Mountain Road, which was closed for the season and covered with several inches of fresh snow.

As you might imagine, we encountered a few snowmobile riders on the trail. So be mindful in the winter that the trails are shared with other outdoor enthusiasts. And keep your ears open.

It was a cold but clear day. So we enjoyed a beautiful hike along the Black Cap trail, which had a firm snow pack due to the snowmobile riders who appear to have made several runs that day.

It took us nearly two hours for our ascent starting at the gate on Hurricane Mountain Road up to the top. Where we took a few minutes to enjoy the views and reward ourselves with a quick snack of trail mix.

The return trip was a breeze. Taking just one hour for the 3+ miles. Be careful of the icy stretches especially on the way down along the steep tracks. Overall a great hike. We're looking forward to trying the other trails, preferably during foliage season in the Fall.


7 months ago

Lots of fun! Great views at the top. Gate was closed so needed to walk two miles up the road before starting, but still finished the whole thing in about 3 hours. Moderate, need good shoes.


7 months ago

hiking

Great hike with my kids. Easy with a great view.


9 months ago

hiking

Quick hike if you only have a few hours. Easy to moderate hike requiring good footwear. Good for kids. Many ledges on top for different views. In the far distance you can see Mt Washington on a clear day. Foliage starting to turn. Will have very nice views once leaves have all turned.