Velvet Rocks via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Velvet Rocks via Appalachian Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hanover, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

5 days ago

Trail starts behind the gas station. Beautiful hike through the forest. Definitely needs better trail markers at times, as several people were looking up the trail map on their phones as I was. Takes away from the 'nature' experience when you need to be glued to your phone to know where you are. The end is unclear/underwhelming because you're basically hiking to see moss. The path along the way is nice though.

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3 months ago

The incline is a bit rough at some points, and certainly a challenge in wet weather over all the rocks. Bring trekking poles... And your camera! We saw deer, snakes, lots of toads, and beautiful rock formations ☺️.

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3 months ago

The incline is a bit rough at some points, and certainly a challenge in wet weather over all the rocks. Bring trekking poles... And your camera! We saw deer, snakes, lots of toads, and beautiful rock formations ☺️.

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10 months ago

I enjoy the boulders and rocks on this section of the trail as a contrast to the nearby VT trails that I usually hike. I have only hiked it in dry summer/fall weather though, being warned that the rocks get very slippery in rain. Not sure how it will be with ice and snow, but am looking forward to finding out..with cleats of course!

Monday, October 03, 2016

very pretty trail, but not well marked for the connecting trails.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

I finished the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and the southwestern sections are a treat. Not heavy traffic and periodic good views. My favorite time for these sections is during fall foliage, late September