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

Very narrow trail with higher grass on either side. Also a bit buggy for us even with very much bug spray.

hiking
12 days ago

beautiful views

Great little hike, just enough elevation at the end to make you feel like you really earned the view!
This view would be amazing at sunset...obviously how the trail got its name!
Now back to the lake for a swim!

walking
23 days ago

Nice little hike. Stays somewhat close to the road so you can hear cars driving by for the first part, but then veers off and ends with a nice view! Took about an hour there and back going at a moderate pace.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike with young kids. Took my two daughters (ages 4 and 7) today and it was just the right distance and elevation. Saw a few salamanders along the way which was fun for the kids. Bring bug spray as the mosquitos are out!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail. Pretty easy hike until last short bit. The trail is well maintained. Great for a short hike and for kids too. Beautiful view up top.

hiking
2 months ago

great small hike for a beginner. yes there is some elevation, but it's pretty minimal. view is nice if lake sunapee. good dog hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike! Not challenging, a little icy in spots but nothing serious. The trail was muddy at times as well but suck it up. The view at the top was amazing for the size of it.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little after work hike! We had the trail to ourselves and our pup absolutely loved it! View was a wonderful reward!

hiking
9 months ago

quick easy hike. went there for dinner and a view

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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.

hiking
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.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Steep

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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.

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