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#5 of 60 state parks in New Hampshire

Best trails in Cardigan Mountain State Park

1,056 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Cardigan Mountain State Park, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Cardigan Mountain State Park ranging from 3 to 6.9 miles and from 1,377 to 3,156 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Cardigan Mountain State Park as the name suggests, was established around Cardigan Mountain. Even though this is a granite mountain with no trees on it, it is a great place to hike and enjoy the panoramic unobstructed views over New Hampshire. Free admission

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Map of trails in Cardigan Mountain State Park
Park information
Acreage:
5,655 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
All day
Wednesday
All day
Thursday
All day
Friday
All day
Saturday
All day
Sunday
All day
Contact
603-227-8745
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Top trails (17)
#1 - Mount Cardigan Loop Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 2 h
Please note: access road may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#2 - Manning Trail, Clark Trail, and Holt Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Manning Trail, Clark Trail, and Holt Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated aShow more
#3 - Mount Cardigan, Mount Gilman, & Crane Mountain Loop
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
Mount Cardigan, Mount Gilman, & Crane Mountain Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail ofShow more
#4 - Holt Trail and Manning Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
This is a loop starting from the AMC Cardigan Lodge. This route takes the Holt Trail to Mount Cardigan and continues to Firescrew Mountain via Mowglis Trail, and finally returns to the AMC Cardigan LoShow more
#5 - Holt Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
The trail starts off easy but quickly gains 1000+ feet in less than .8 miles. If you are afraid of heights, do not attempt. Many people choose to take alternative ways back to avoid the scrambles goiShow more
#6 - Manning Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
Manning Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this tShow more
#7 - Mount Cardigan via Holt and Clark Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
Mount Cardigan via Holt and Clark Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail isShow more
#8 - West Ridge to Mowglis to Clarks to South Ridge Loop
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
West Ridge to Mowglis to Clarks to South Ridge Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canaan, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. TShow more
#9 - Mount Cardigan and Back 80 Loop Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#10 - Manning Trail to Cardigan South Peak and Cardigan Rimrock
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Manning Trail to Cardigan South Peak and Cardigan Rimrock is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated aShow more
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