Moat Mountain Mineral Site

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Moat Mountain Mineral Site is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conway, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
324 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking






A fun and easy hike with a great waterfall at the end. Be careful for Mountain Bikers.

5 months ago

This was a nice easy walk in the woods. My son had a wonderful time looking for rocks in the mineral site. We did however turn this into an over 8mile hike by continuing to the forest road and coming back that way. By going this way we played in a waterfall. Group was 2 adults, 11year old son and 30lb dog. Will be back.

6 months ago

Interesting walk because of the possibility of a cool souvenir a crystal or quartz but poorly marked trail. Weather started getting bad didn’t want to take chance of getting lost in the woods during storm so turned around.

7 months ago

Seems to be off the beaten path from most Conway trails. It’s a nice walk in the woods. But once you get to .8 mile mark “mineral site” you can go right or left. Neither trail has any of the yellow markings and the trail to the left. Which I presume would loop you back is not marked and looks like a deer path. We encountered several other families on the path also expecting a waterfall and nice view as described. We found nothing but a dried up creek bed and a lot of mosquitos. If you are looking to go mineral hunting or walk the dog it’s a good easy walk. But not very rewarding or anything to write home about. Go to Black Cap Mountain trail instead! We did it with 2 dogs and a 10 month old no problem. And what a view!

7 months ago

Ignore the stars as I haven't hiked it yet. Just wanted to post a review to let you know that as of yesterday, the road to access the trail head was still closed for the season.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Great little walk through the woods. Good for every level of hiker. I didn't hunt for gems today but will go back.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great hike for all skill levels!

Monday, June 05, 2017

well marked trail, good elevation changes but I'd recommend a mosquito net hat and long pants/ sleeves, the mosquitos were fierce.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The trail is confusing. Tip when you get to the sign about half a mile in, don't go left no matter what it says. If you look right you'll see the blazes. If you do go left you will end up on an unmarked bike trail. Follow that around until you can make a right at an intersection. It will take you to the mineral collection site

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pretty boring trail. Well marked.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great place to find some minerals!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ok hike, signs are a little confusing so I stayed on the 379 trail I think just in and back out. I'm not from this area and didn't want to get lost.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Signage was confusing.
Never saw the falls.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Great trail enjoyed by my Father and I

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A great relaxing walk in the woods. The Old high school trail loops back to the road for a 3.3 mile hike/walk. Didnt go to mineral site this time.

Monday, April 25, 2016

We enjoyed this but went in the off season which meant a 1.2 mile hike from the middle of high street road to the trail head. If we could have driven to the trail head, would have given 5 stars. The hike was relaxing and easy for us and our 3 month old pup. We did not make it to the mines but did what is called the high school loop (2.1) miles. We would have spent more time finding the actual mine site if we hadn't spent 1.2 miles getting to trail head.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Easy. Couldn't find the falls. The kids liked it a lot. Very hot day out hard to keep going.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A short drive from the White Mountain highway into the deep woods leads to the parking lot and trail head of Moat Mountain. There is a 1 mile hike leading to the mineral collection site. A fresh breeze of pine needles and water that lingers the whole way there and back is a special treat that you will encounter. It almost reminded me of walking through the woods of a nice beach. There are lots of shiny granite rocks and small pieces of quartz throughout the whole area, especially next to the lake that's before Moat. The mineral site has large rocks with pieces of smoky quartz crystals inside them. We didn't really find many pieces of smoky quartz because it seems that the area has been over~mined. But if one climbs to the steeper areas they may find some pieces on the stones there. Bring a chisel, hammer, and something to store the pieces in and have fun. (bug spray would be good, to keep the many mosquitos from attacking)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Great fun hiking ,got fooled the first time there and parked at the first spot,good hiking but not the mineral spot.Libby and I took a couple of my grandkids and found some interesting rocks but looks pretty well picked over good place to explore anyway.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Started too late in the day (2:30p) and covered only half the distance to the mineral site. It is a nice easy hike. Watch for hidden roots and slippery leaves on the trail in the fall.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I hiked this on 5-26-12. It's a great starter hike with a great Waterfall at the end.

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