The John Hay Refuge was established in 1987 when the Service acquired the former summer estate of John Hay, from his daughter-in-law, Alice Hay. John Hay was politician and statesman, best known as the personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln, Ambassador to Great Britain, and Secretary of State. Mrs. Hay wanted the estate to set aside

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1 month ago

Good family hike, easy enough for very young children to manage independently for most of the trail and great views from the top.

10 months ago

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I really enjoyed this hike this morning. Uphill enough to make me stop to rest once or twice but the trail was wide, moss and pine needle covered most of the way up. The view was beautiful. We took the long way down which was also nice with a wildflower and tall grass path for a little while. Another uphill bit and down through peaceful woods to our starting point.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Did this hike with my 5 year old daughter and toddler son (in his pack) great view at the top. Follow the trail as directed and then when you come to a clear fork of going straight or left go left to get to the top. Overall it's a good hike, I would not rate it as easy because the last bit is quite steep but it is a nice work out. I would do it again! I think it was somewhere around 2.5 miles up and back.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This is a good family hike. It starts near the gatehouse, travels through the woods to Lake Sunapee and on to the Main house. An interesting historic site with superb gardens.