Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Conway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Excellently maintained trail. Lots of hikers and dogs on a beautiful Monday. A summer camp-ful of teenagers at the top made for a crowded summit, but still plenty of room for all! Gorgeous views at the summit! A little bit of a scavenger hunt finding the blazes once you hit the ledgy boulder section at the top, but not really a problem because you can probably pick your way up several different ways. Did the Champney Falls loop on the way down. They were very pretty and gave my dog a spot to swim.

Very challenging but well worth it!! Bring lots of water and lunch. Took about 6 hrs. Beautiful trail and summit!!

I took my 10 y/o son up the Liberty trail to the summit to celebrate my 35th birthday yesterday (mid July). I could not have asked for a better "proud dad" moment than to share this experience with him.

The hike was moderate and grew in difficulty as you make the ascent, but upon reaching the Jim Liberty Cabin, it seemed to energize the both of us with boyish delight as the summit was now within reach.

From this point, the climb is at it's most daunting with only raw rock face to traverse; the monotonous trail left below you. However, the excitement will surely overcome you and the view upon reaching the top is exhilarating!

One of my favs!

On the question of available water. There is water for the first mile or so of every trail. The highest water I know of is at Liberty Cabin and it's not much. There is a sign pointing toward it behind the cabin. Any water you get on Chocorua needs to be treated. Too many animals and people.

some of the yellow marks on the path r faded so make sure u pay attention so u don't get lost. other than that ,when you get to the top you feel like ur on top of the world!!! 6 hour trip the piper trl..

Took this trail with my family with the youngest kid at 12 years old.
Bit challenging for someone out of shape like us (me) but worth every minute and drop of sweat. Took us about 4h with few short "water brake". I would do it again without hesitation.

Does anyone know if there is water on this trail? It’s been dry and i want to take my niece to hike it this morning but didn’t know how much water to pack.

A nice day hike, manageable stretch for those of us in the group who are less experienced hikers. The views from the ledges were great. The trail wasn't too busy; we saw just enough people to know we weren't alone out there.

We ended up parking at the Olivarian lot, and only realized once we got to the signposts on the way to the trail that the Downes lot would have been closer. The XC trails to get from that lot to the trail are well marked, though, so we didn't have a lot of issues finding it, except for finding the continuation of the trails through the open meadow area near the beginning (it goes through the meadow sort of right of center from where you enter the meadow, through a lot of low blueberry bushes).

Stuck to the ridge trails for the views on this on which proved to be a wise move. Some points on the Nickerson Ledge and Carter Ledge Trails were pretty steep but the payoff in views made them worthwhile. Absolutely loved the Sisters and the views of Chocorua further down the ridge. The trail between the Sisters and Chocorua itself were easy. About a 100 foot ledge scramble to summit Chocorua. Descended via Liberty/Hammond/Weetamoo. Incredible views from both the Sisters and Chocorua. Awesome hike.

13 days ago

Great short hike with fantastic views.

Family friendly relatively easy hike to the falls. I did this with nine people and it took about three hours including the time we spent at the falls. Gorgeous views from the top of the waterfall. We tried doing the loop portion to also check out piper falls but the path barely looked like a path so we had to head back the way we came in. I'd definitely recommend this hike to anyone of any skill level.

Great views and not too challenging

One of my favorite trails. I enjoyed the mixed terrain and beautiful views from the top.

The trail is now open.

It was worth it. The brook seemed too dry at first, so I was anticipating that I'd be unimpressed. But the forest let light in in a way that made the trail compelling for photography and it was not too difficult a hike. I did not meet too many people on the way up which gave me enough time for picture taking at the end of the trail where the falls are. The gorge that makes up the end of the trail had a nice balance of light and shadows for photography even though the falls themselves were rather dry.

We hiked this trail in 90 degree weather so we took our time which start to finish with 15 minutes at summit was exactly 5 hours. The clockwise loop was a gradual ascent and we took in a nice breeze on the ledges. The views were spectacular. The downed trees as reported last month have now been cleared. Bugs didn’t bother us until we were on our way back and about a mile to the trailhead.

Nice hike today- challenging for me because I am not cardio conditioned.... it is getting buggy with the recent rain and hot weather. Mosquitoes are growing in muddy areas and water pools. I used a lot of bug spray and kept moving. Had a hard time finding a few trail markers near the summit and they were incredibly obvious on the way down. Also appreciated the trail structures on the way down with stone placement, steps and run off drainage.

Did the falls loop on the way back and that was beautiful. Glad I saved it for the way down because it was a nice treat. The trail is steep (roots) by the falls and then steps.

Absolutely best view in the Whites! The trail is an easy 1.7 miles to the Champney Falls junction. From there it is a steady but moderate climb an additional 2 miles to the summit of Mt. Chocorua. As you approach the summit cone you will traverse the open rugged North shoulder. This area is worthy of some exploration. From here up I cannot comment about the trail as I scaled up the west slopes of the cone. Quite a view down the vertical face of the wall. This is truly a spectacular hike!

My wife and I did this trail with our teenage sons. We are all pretty fit (running, cycling, playing sport) but we found this trail to be challenging. The first half is pleasant and pretty easy. Then some time after the little bridge, you climb relentlessly up very steep and very rocky paths for 400 to 500m. The views are spectacular. Take plenty of water and allow almost as long for the descent as the ascent.

Went today for the first time. With my two children 11 and 13 years old, our dog and a family friend. We all had a great time. However some spots were very steep and rocky. Had to be very careful not to slip. Very well marked trail and lots of other people hiking. Well worth the $5 park pass, we will be doing this one again.

Great Hike! We had two 10 year olds with us. A 5 hour round trip which included the loop to Champney Falls. Definitely recommend going by the falls on the way down. The upper part of the climb is the place to watch the kids and make sure they follow the yellow trail marks. Spectacular views and now a family favorite. A solid hike.

I hiked these trails in late June and enjoyed it for the most part. I hiked it with my dog going up The Brook trail. It was not difficult until near the end when you hit several rock slabs. My dog struggled a bit here and I had to lift him up a few times.
The trail is marked fairly well and is a gradual climb. The only place where you can get a little lost is when you hit the rock slabs. They are poorly marked and I wasn’t sure if I was on the trail or not several times.
The trail opens up close to the top and I again had to lift up my dog several times.
The view from the top is awesome!! On a clear day you can see for Miles way up to the Whites! Lots of areas to sit with the dog too to rest.
We descended the Liberty trail and it was much easier and I recommend this way up and down if you are bringing your dog.
My advice.... leave early to beat the crowds and you can have the mountain to yourself. I was on the top at 10:30 and there was only two others! One hour later... 20!!
It’s an awesome hike to do. Liberty up and down if you have a dog. Long but nice! If you don’t have a dog do brook trail up. Or I did Piper trail before and that was great too! Enjoy!

Overall took me about four hours to go up and come back down again, with about 30 minutes at the top. Gets pretty steep at some points, especially near the top. I found this trail to be difficult, but I don't hike as often as I would like to. Bring big spray!

25 days ago

US Forest Service posted today the trail is now open.


This was a great hike! We brought our 7 yo daughter with us and she made it to the top with no complaining (we did bribe her with a trip to Zebs after). Trails are clearly marked and the view would have been amazing but we hiked on a cloudy day after it rained so we didn’t get to see much. The mosquitos below the tree line were out in full force so bring bug spray! The trip took us 5 hours with stopping for snacks, lunch and a rest break at the top. The rocks can be slippery when wet so if you go after it rains take your time and watch your footing. I would hike this again!


This hike was not as hard as my partner and I thought it would be! The first two miles of hiking along the Liberty Trail was quite flat and we didn’t hit hard inclines til the last .8 miles of the hike. There are incredible views the last mile of the hike. Liberty Cabin is a nice place to stop to refuel but we were disappointed with the view from the cabin. This loop trail actually doesn’t bring you to the summit of Chocura. There is another .5 mile or so to get to the peak which we did not end up doing as we were satisfied with the views from the lower peak and were getting quite annoyed from the amount of bugs. Only complaint with trail is that there were no clear trail markers along Liberty trail and it was a bit difficult to stay along the brook trail. BE SURE TO BRING BUG SPRAY AND SUNSCREEN AND A HAT OR SUNGLASSES. Many of the viewpoints and last mile of hike is bare granite so the morning June sun was beating down on us. Also black flies were terrible and we passed many hikers that were just as annoyed with their incessant nagging. At times there were so many flies they looked like dense black clouds surrounding us. Bring enough water as the brook and springs did not contain the clearest of waters.

A lovely, gradual climb to amazing ledges with unparalleled views. Crowded on a Monday in June, more than 10 other groups on the summit. No part of the trail was tough. A top trail in my book.

This was my first hike in 2 years.It is difficult if you are a beginner. It rises gradually and is super steep in sections. Rocky too. Definitely carry a bug spray during the spring. The last mile was a real struggle but the views are worth it. Very rewarding. Make sure to carry a lot of water.

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