South Moat Mountain Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

South Moat Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Conway, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

6.3 miles 2469 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Great hike, challenging but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, quick hike with an amazing view at the top. Hiked with my 2 dogs and only saw 3 other people on the trail. A good work-out the way up. The summit was windy and cold today, wish I could have stayed longer, bring a wool hat. It was snowing/rain and the wet leaves and rocks made for a pretty hard descent. The wet rocks were deceivingly slick and the leaves made footing loose; I had a couple of slips so be careful!

1 month ago

Great trail for scenic views of North Conway and the White Mountain Ntl Forest. We did our hike in mid-October and the foliage was amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a great hike. Has some steep parts but the view was worth. Short and sweet!

hiking
3 months ago

Fabulous hike with beautiful views......

hiking
3 months ago

We parked at the southern trailhead and found this trail to be more difficult, and longer, then we expected. The trail sign indicated 2.7 miles to the southern summit whereas our map indicated 2.3. For unknown reasons my Fitbit indicated 3.4 miles when we arrived at the summit. The first section was detoured through a wooded area due to some deforestation/forestry taking place. After the detour the trail took on the appearance of a carriage road in that it was fairly wide and mostly devoid of roots and rocks. The proceeding trail contained some sections that were well marked but were not developed to the extent that we have experienced in other area trails. These sections contained a lot of smallish rocks (Talus?) which were mixed in with the usual rocks and roots that hikers typically encounter. During our hike we met another hiker who encountered a bear on the trail (she turned back as a result). We continued on and enjoyed several overlooks until we reached the summit and were awed by the 360 degree views. Also worth noting is that geocaches are placed along the entire trail. We found 5 out of 6 on the way to the southern summit. This was a welcome distraction for my two boys (7 and 9) who were expecting an easy hike today (Ha). Enjoy your hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Strenuous half day hike with great views.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views along the way. First 3/4 is moderately difficult and last 1/4 is difficult. Trekking poles definitely made it easier. Amazing 360 view at the top. We'll be doing the entire Moat trail next time for sure!

3 months ago

The first 3/4 is moderate with the last 1/4 difficult. The climb down is challenging and requires descent hiking foot ware. Nice 360 view from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect day for hiking this one. Typical wooden trail traverse for first 1/3 then its upwards. Couple steep rocky sections that seemed worse descending. A fantastic lookout point part way up in one of the open area slab sections. Yellow marks weren't always clear so look for the rock towers.
The top gives an amazing 360* view overlooking N. Conway. Blueberries along the last few hundred yards.
Lot was full at 10:30. 5 or 6 dogs doing well among those hikers we saw.

hiking
5 months ago

it's a great trail, very steep at one point that required scrambeling, otherwise very good!

hiking
5 months ago

It was great!!! A few false peaks...but overall a great hike!

5 months ago

Some tough going on loose slate, but definitely a view!

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike. 2.7 miles to the summit from the trailhead. A little steep and rocky in places, but nothing too crazy. I hiked it with my mother, and it was very doable. Beautiful 360 views from the top & a pretty quick and easy hike back down. We went during the week and saw only about 5 other people on the trail... They're doing some fo resting down by the trailhead so follow the flags to avoid that and get connected to the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

long hike. very rocky towards the top. nice view at the top

6 months ago

Always a great hike

6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Great little run/hike. Tracked on GPS and the trail is 4.9 mi in total, out and back. I'm guessing due to the very choppy nature of the recording which was used for AllTrails, it was not very accurate. The first mile+ is lovely rolling singletrack. Then the climb rapidly begins. A good portion of the trail is smooth angled bedrock- definitely a slip risk when wet or icy. Other spots have -not 'loose' rock as someone else suggested- mostly secure smaller rocks which you travel through. Typical of well used White Mtn trails. Beautiful rocky summit with nice views. Took me 1hr5min up, 40 mins down- probably double that number for most hikers.

If you're in for a bigger adventure do a car switch/stash a bike and do the Moat Mtn Traverse starting at one end of the Moats and finish at the other. Beautiful traveling along the ridge. About 10 mi.

hiking
8 months ago

We lucked out with some awesome weather with clear skies and zero wind at the top. Still had some ice in spots but nothing unmanageable. Great views of Washington, downtown Conway, and chocoura* definitely looking forward to doing it again.