Explore the most popular cave trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Got so lost! we started this hike thinking it it was a loop. It's not. It was a very nice hike suitable for kids. Ponds to find and a mine to explore. pay attention to where you are. All-in-all it was a fun time.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful view of the gorge. Breathtaking!

This loop totaled out at 5.7 miles rather than 4.7. We took the Morgan trail up and followed the loop clockwise to the Percival trail.

Coming down the Percival trail is steep and very rocky, and might be better described as a Harder trail for some folks.

Overall, a great hike with some great payoff views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains, but not one to sneeze at.

This is a great hike for a family. The walk through the gorge is really beautiful. The way back around you get a couple nice views of mountains and the cliffs/pool. It wasnt busy when I was there. If you have little ones, do not bring a stroller. It is def not friendly up the gorge. The walkways add adventure to the hike itself.

There is nowhere designated to park for this trail; you just want to park on the side of the road where the paved road ends. The trail is very overgrown which can make it difficult to walk through. The “private way” sign is a bit deterring too, but there doesn’t seem to be any other indicator you can’t hike there. Both summits are overall unimpressive and there is only one okay viewpoint. Definitely not my favorite mountains nor my favorite hike in this area.

hiking
9 days ago

Really worth it!

My family had a great time on this hike. On our way through the cave section of Percival, we retrieved about twenty water bottles of varying types from one crevice. Apparently people are either accidentally or purposely dropping bottles just outside the cave proper. Please keep a good grip on your bottles.

I did this yesterday and we loved it! Easy going for the first few miles with gorgeous smaller waterfalls... it opens up to huge boulders and the view is incredible once you break through the tree line.
Definitely make sure you’re wearing good shoes and proper clothes - the temp difference was certainly notable even mid way up.
We started on the short line / King’s ravine and cut across before we went up the entire summit and back down the airline trail.
Overall it was about 7 miles and took us about 6 hours including a couple small breaks for lunch and snacks.
Definitely a favorite of ours out of the other hikes we’ve done in the presidential range!

The most beautiful piece of the world I’ve yet visited! Absolutely worth it. :)

hiking
21 days ago

Took my wife to get her out in the fresh air, just a little 3 hour drive from home. She is by no means a hiker but she did OK with this. It's amazing to see people who you think would be in good shape who are out of breath just getting to the start of the gorge area. This is not a hike really but a nature walk (as their signs say) so if having trouble doing this, you should consider getting a little more exercise into your life. Arrived just around noon on Saturday and ticket line was not even a line but upon returning an hour or so later, the line was out the door. There is a shuttle to the start of the gorge if you want to take it but you'll need to actually walk uphill to see this once dropped off. The hike to the beginning is really not far, don't take the shuttle. It's funny because there are signs in the visitor area letting you know this as if some people may have actually asked why they built it so far away from the road. One could only let their imagination wonder why these signs are actually needed. It is a beautiful place and though you have to pay to see it, I guess it's worth it for many. ($16 per person) I see the reason they need to charge as it's a tourist destination and they need to maintain the paths they've built (you can fit golf karts through them) and everything else associated with it. Glad I went but don't expect to be back in the near future. The cost is really why I only rated this 4 stars instead of 5. And yes, my wife got her wind and made the couple miles.

hiking
23 days ago

Really crowded, but overall a good time!

SUPER fun hike. the loop is more like 5.5 miles, as you have to take a connector trail (Morse trail) at the bottom to get back to the mt Morgan parking lot. the ladders and caves offered some really fun technical climbing. nothing outrageous, however, and there were bypasses for all obstacles

Took a large group of ~13 year olds and the trek for that big of a group I wouldn't say is worth it. It is better for personal hikes.

I hiked this last week on a really good weather day. It was really fun but the hardest hike that I've done in the White Mountains. I started at the Appalachia trailhead, took Short Line/King Ravine Trail up to Mt. Adams, then went to Mt. Madison and then took the Watson Path down to Appalachia. With some stops for pictures and lunch and some time hanging out at the top, it was a little under a ten hour round trip. I took Short Line up and went through the Subway, which involved some crawl spaces and scrambling that were a different kind of challenge that you don't see very often. After that Short Line becomes a scramble up a flow of rocks at the headwall of King Ravine. Fun going up but like others I definitely would not recommend going down this trail. If your in shape for it and want a challenge, this is a really fun hike, but it should not be taken lightly. This is an all-day, tiring hike/climb.

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome and beautiful! It rained, so we were delayed 30 minutes in a shelter at the beginning of the hike, but I’m glad we stuck it out

Beautiful.

More of a nice local resource than a great destination. We enjoyed our very quiet walk in the woods; no one else on the trails today. We may return, especially if we can learn exactly where the cave, or adit, is.

An excellent trail that has much to offer especially the views at the summit of Mount Percival. These is a cave close to the summit of Mount Percival which is sure to please young children. You got to take off your backpack and get body position just right to squeeze through. The scenic views on top of Mount Percival is the best that I've seen and I've seen many a trails in my hiking career. We were even treated to a bear sighting in the clearing. I really regretted not packing my zoom lens on my camera along with me. The views of the Squam Lakes region and various other peaks from the summit of Mount Percival is absolutely breathtaking so you definitely want to bring your binocular or zoom lens for your camera.

The ladder down Mount Morgan is challenging as well going down especially for young children and inexperienced hiker. If you got either of those it is better to do the trail clockwise. There is a narrow opening to squeeze through on the Mount Morgan side as well.

Overall this is one of the best trail that I've been on for relatively moderate effort. I will definitely want to return to this trail before the end of the year.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful serene walk thru the flume and gorge and caves although it has a lot of uphill hiking. saw 3 chipmunks and 2 red squirrels and several kinds of birds. want to do it again in the fall.

Views from the tops of Morgan and Percival were gorgeous. The trail up and down to the summits was a well marked forest trail, and everything is a moderate hike with one notable exception-- the last bit to the summit of Percival. We did the loop clockwise so we did this section going down. At the top of Percival you'll see two blazed options-- one that goes down to the right over the open rock face and one to the left through the trees. The options aren't marked if you're heading down (they are in the other direction). To the left is the cliff side (we didn't do this, so I'm not sure what this entails) and the other goes to the cave. The description here says it "features" a cave, however, feature here means that you scramble through a cave (not exactly a cave, but cave-like) with two very small openings on either side in order to follow the trail. The way down to the cave opening is steep and a bit technical. The openings on either side are small enough that you'll need to take your pack off to get through. The day we were there was incredibly hot so the time in the cave was a natural air-conditioning relief.

Not for the faint of heart

hiking
1 month ago

Belle randonnée familiale, très bien aménagée et facile. Décor impressionnant.

Lots of fun to run most of the way. Fun ladder and cave obstacles near the top.

Get there early and go when it’s rainy! We were the only ones there, and doors open at 8:30am.

I’ve hiked both mountains before separately but the loop is so much better! We went up Morgan through the ladders and came down Percival through the caves. Morgan is deceptively easy to climb, and fun at the top. The connector is a rocky ridge line between the summits but short enough to enjoy. More than once we had to take off our backpacks to get through the caves of Percival cliff face. Although descending this way is fun and challenging for experienced hikers, definitely not recommended for kids or dogs. Heading down the rockfall is tough and you have to keep your head up and stay on the trail, which is hard to follow on points down Percival. All in all, up Morgan and down Percival via the cliffs is probably the way to go. Amazing views as always on top.

on The Flume Trail

1 month ago

I thought the $16 was a little steep for a 30-45 minute hike through the woods. The gorge was cool but it was really crowded even in a Tuesday afternoon( I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that place on a weekend). Good hike for families and kids if you want to pay the admission.

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