Wellington State Park boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. The park maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. The Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream, cold drinks, beach and picnic items, and souvenirs. Within the park, the peninsula nature trail features picnic areas, designated fishing areas, plant identification markers, and spectacular views of Newfound Lake and Cliff and Belle Islands. A well-marked hiking trail leads from the park and provides hikers access to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt.Cardigan. A developed boat launch operated by N.H. Fish & Game adjoins the park, providing boaters free year-round access to Newfound Lake. Boat lanes along the beach allow boater access to the park for the regular admission price. Organized youth group camping is offered on both Belle and Cliff Islands. Reservations are required and may be made from mid-May through the summer season by calling the park directly.

2 months ago

We followed the beautiful Elwell Trail to the top and returned via Goose Pond on the orange trail for an enjoyable 2 hour walk. This is a great one if you have limited time or want an easier hike.

Took the Elwell Trail to Little Sugar Loaf and continued on to Big Sugar Loaf and circled Goose Pond on the way down. Nice views of the lake from Little and lake views and partial views toward the Whites from Big. I would skip Goose Pond trail next time. On the easy side of moderate and worth doing if you enjoy lake views as I do.

Great hike overlooking Newfound lake with great views!

Great views and an easy hike. I would definitely suggest this for a quick afternoon hike.

Have been running these trails for 3 years, perfect technicality and elevation for obstacle course race training and beautiful views.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Scan the code for the trail map at the beginning of the trail. Posted paper maps do not reflect updates on trails. White trail is different. That being said, we chose the yellow Elwell trail to Little Sugarloaf. The view was beautiful of the Lake. Room to hang out on the rocks. We continued and took in the vista loop and hiked to Big Sugar Loaf. The incline is gradual and quite steep in some places. The yellow blaze is well marked all the up. The vista is amazing, gorgeous. We continued and took the blue trail down. The blazes do not stand out so look with care. The trail is overgrown in places and muddy but doable and interesting. We took the very steep white trail back to the summit of Large Sugar Loaf, quite challenging, but fun. Headed back down on the orange trail to tranquil Goose Pond, very sirene and easy path. Total about 5.3 miles, 3 hours with plenty of rest stops.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is a serene and laid back trail. The loop is pretty easy after one steep climb at the beginning. Its a peaceful trail, mostly used by locals. For a more challenging loop, you can add on Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf and Bear Mountain (and beyond!) Nice Newfound Lake views are accessible from these points.

5 months ago

9 months ago

on Big Sugar Loaf

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Thursday, June 01, 2017