Best trails in Bristol

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Looking for a great trail near Bristol, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cardigan Mountain State Park or Winslow State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like White Mountain National Forest or West Rattlesnake Natural Area. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Bristol ranging from 1.4 to 6.9 miles and from 620 to 3,156 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bristol
Top trails (21)
#1 - Manning Trail, Clark Trail, and Holt Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Manning Trail, Clark Trail, and Holt Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated aShow more
#2 - Little Sugarloaf
Bristol, New Hampshire
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 49 m
Little Sugarloaf is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#3 - Holt Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
The trail starts off easy but quickly gains 1000+ feet in less than .8 miles. If you are afraid of heights, do not attempt. Many people choose to take alternative ways back to avoid the scrambles goiShow more
#4 - Mount Cardigan, Mount Gilman, & Crane Mountain Loop
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
Mount Cardigan, Mount Gilman, & Crane Mountain Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail ofShow more
#5 - Manning Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
Manning Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this tShow more
#6 - Holt Trail and Manning Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
This is a loop starting from the AMC Cardigan Lodge. This route takes the Holt Trail to Mount Cardigan and continues to Firescrew Mountain via Mowglis Trail, and finally returns to the AMC Cardigan LoShow more
#7 - Welton Falls
Welton Falls State Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Welton Falls is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking andShow more
#8 - Profile Falls Trail
Bristol, New Hampshire
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 6 m
Profile Falls Trail is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#9 - Mount Cardigan and Back 80 Loop Trail
Cardigan Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#10 - Big Sugarloaf via Elwell, Blue and White Trail Loop
Wellington State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
During the wintertime (with heavy snowfall), snowshoes are necessary for this hike.Show more
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