Lynx and Beaver Pond Trail Loop is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Candia, New Hampshire that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.8 miElevation gain492 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCross-country skiingFishingHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownMuddySnow
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Mark &Becky Bordelon
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Mike Devlin
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Mark &Becky Bordelon
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Barbara Whittingham
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Slippery in spots

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Mary Nonack
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Kerrie Salka
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Definitely needed the ice grips on the boots. Didn't use poles, but could have. Nice hike. Lynx Trail from Podunk road not well-marked, but worn by previous hikers/ATVs. Pond trail well-marked. See photo of 'boardwalk' consisting on two long railroad ties. It is very do-able. This is on Pond Trail. There are more traditional 'boardwalks' further along.

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Oana Nikulin
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Nature tripsGreat!Muddy

Did the loop today with my dog. Not another soul anywhere on the trail. I’m so glad I had downloaded the trail even though I had service. Some sections were very poorly marked otherwise very pleasant to have to place to ourselves. The leaves were wet and slippery in some parts but manageable.

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Mike Ryder
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Nice hike on the trail around Beaver Pond, as you always have views, are walking through the woods, with bench or rocks to catch a picnic with a view, and have opportunities to vary your trip a little and trade closer shore paths with those that go in the woods. A fair amount of this part of the overall trail is marked with yellow blazers and by watching the indentation on the ground, you can easily find the trail. The other part of the trail from the parking lot to the beginning of the loop to Beaver Pond trail isn’t so interesting, really not marked, and is effectively a snowmobile trail. All Trails helped ensure we found the right paths (as signs at gate really didn’t match All Trails and instead used a trail numbering system). The parking lot (really a place there was no grass for 3-4 vehicles) wasn’t marked and was at the end of a road with houses nearby. When we left at noon there were no other cars but ours in the lot (kind of felt we might have been at the wrong place initially). When we returned around 4:30pm, there were 4 others. The All Trails app helped confirmed we were at the right gate. Suggest hiking poles, as over the entire trail you’ll encounter many tree roots, lots of rocks, and lots of slippery leaves (dry and wet). There are also 3-4 portable bathrooms near the campground that were open in Nov, with many more locked and would, be available during the summer camping season. We didn’t encounter many others, 3 sets of people with dogs and 1 biker was all. All social distanced, no bugs, no mud (early Nov). Would imagine during the summer when the State Park is open, you could start at the campground and do the loop around Beaver Pond to get a “best of” hike in about ½ the distance. Guessing at that time that trail would be way more crowded as there were roughly 100 campsites in that area (looked like a nice facility with beach, playground, showers, ball field, picnic tables and firepits at all the sites, group water, very few had electricity). There do seem to be other ponds in the area that might be accessible when the park itself is open for the season. Might be worth a visit back in summer, maybe along with a few nights camping.

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Cathy Thellen
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guillem y
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Janet Bargar
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Janet Bargar
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Zachary Macomber
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Mitch Buchan
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sadly lots of black flys I normally don't get annoyed by bugs but they drove me crazy with in a mile but it's a really nice area just come here with bug spray or go in late fall

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Tetra Grammaton
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Major error on our part - forgot bug spray. The trail is infested with mosquitos and black flys.

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Jen Riley
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Erin & Nova Paris
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I really enjoyed this hike! My dog did too. Very quiet, only saw 3 other hikers the whole time. Took us 2 hours to hike around the pond and back. Definitely some muddy spots. Would hike it again.

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Shannon Anderson
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Third boardwalk around Beaver Pond needs repair, but is manageable. Trails are very rocky and covered with roots, but footing is better once you reach the first pond. Overall a great hike with beautiful pond views!

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Alan Perkins
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Lynx Trail is a woods road that rolls up and down hill. A few wet spots but mostly good footing and and easy ramble through nice woods with lots of boulders and elevation change. The Beaver Pond loop has good views across the pond in several locations, many water crossings on short bridges and long boardwalks. The longest boardwalk needs a bit of repair as some of the deck boards are broken and some of the beams underneath have lost their bearing but is still quite manageable with care. The puncheon and boardwalk area can be a bit of a challenge for kids and dogs. There is about a third of a mile walk through the campground to complete the loop. Nice varied terrain.

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Eric Smith
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Courtney Lynch
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Sean Bourque
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