Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

hiking
12 hours ago

A beautiful and wonderful, yet rugged, hike in the whites! This trail is properly rated as hard. I am a pretty experienced hiker, and many of the elements of the trail made it difficult. My only complaints: There was a great amount of pine and shrub overgrowth on the last 3 or so miles of the trail and was also closer to 4.5 miles, making it a 9 mile hike out&back. It took me approximately 6.5 hours, about 4 hours ascending. There are multiple “false peaks” but that didn’t hinder the beauty of this trail. Make sure to download the topo map to track your progress! The waterfall at the beginning was beautiful, and carried on for a mile or so. There is no “Mt. Madison” sign at the top, to my disappointment, so you will know that you submitted by using the map. Enjoy!

I read about this crash site several years ago and kept it in the back of my mind for when I wanted a 1/2 day hike. The parking area is right off Rt. 118 on Walker Brook Road. The trail is an easy walk up a fire road for the first 1 mile. At this point the road ends at a field, upon entering the field there is a small cairn where you turn sharp right and off into the forest you go. Shortly after entering the woods you will find a small yellow sign indicating a brook crossing 750 feet ahead and a yellow arrow on a tree at the crossing point. Once across the brook the climb begins. The trail is not official and not well marked, but with care it can be followed without much difficulty (look for orange ribbons tied to trees). From the brook crossing up the climb is steady and a bit steep. The final 1/2 mile to the crash site is very steep. You will first approach the 2 engines and some scattered debris. From there look up and large portions of the fuselage, wings, landing gear and many smaller pieces of debris are scattered across the mountainside. A memorial plaque was placed on a boulder in 1992 and is surrounded by small American Flags left by visitors to honor the crew. Be sure to do some online research before your visit as knowing the whole story will enhance your visit to this historic site. There is also a side trail marked with ribbons that head down to the left (when looking uphill). I did not follow it as it steeply descends into the wilderness, however upon returning home I read it leads to a scenic waterfall. Maybe a nice spot for lunch?

stunning.. kind of a larger crowd but.plenty free to roam around and see all it's beauty..just amazing

Really accessible with a jaw dropping view of the falls.

This area is closed. I drove in and passed “Closed Authorized Vehicles Only” signs to find the trail head. Found some trail signs, but no trails. Quite overgrown and unmaintained. Been out of commission for a few years it looks like.

Easy walk, great for small children. The walk over to Saco River from the kiosk was well worth it as you could see how high storms have pushed up the river into the woods.

the perfect 2 hr or less hike. during the week there are very few people. I recommend during the week. I used to come after work arriving at 6pm and finishing a round trip before 730.
Small fee during the main season.

I've hiked many trails and this was by far the worst experience I ever had. Assaulted by flies from the moment we arrived. Trail was for the most part straight as an arrow and extremely uninteresting. Went there primarily to photograph birds and NEVER SAW A SINGLE BIRD in 2 hours of walking. Just the worst. Don't waste your time.

hiking
7 days ago

Little trail run. A lot of tall grass areas with lots of bugs. Good for running motivation, bad for the pup. 4 ticks

Loved the trail- very easy walking as it’s used for Mt. Biking a lot however lots of little trails throughout and it’s easy to get turned around because trails aren’t marked the best. Only steep part is right before top which wasn’t bad at all for a complete 360 view. Hiked with baby in back- good for family and kids.

on Boston Lot Lake

8 days ago

nice trip around the lake, fairly muddy in a few spots. super hot this weekend so other than some intense humidity and 90+ weather a great short trail run, just watch your step in the wet areas. looks like the kids were having a great time swimming!

I actually watched a few YouTube videos as part of my research for this hike and found them helpful. The story about the wreckage was also very interesting.
My daughter and I hiked it July 4th. There are no trail markings only surveyors tape. It’s a pretty easy walk the first 1.2 miles. Walk until You come to a circular field. You will want to look to your right at about 1 o’clock to see the actual trail head. It enters the woods and you will come to a brook look for the yellow signs, one will read “crossing 750 feet ahead” continue until you find a yellow arrow pointing towards the brook. After you cross the Brook follow the trail that runs along side it, you will come across a Cairn with a flag that marks the trail that you need to follow keep on the lookout for pink survey tape to help stay on trail. It does climb steadily and somewhat steeply for the remainder of the hike. Seeing The wreckage, site and dedication was very humbling.
My daughter And I loved the mile walk in and out because it’s full of wildflowers and we saw a about a dozen butterflies in that area - absolutely beautiful

Great little walk through a field, through the woods and around a pond. I wouldn't really call it a hike, but it is very pretty with views of flower field, river and pond. Super easy and short. Would be perfect for little children to walk in and enjoy some nature. One little thing. I was glad to have the map as the trails were not well marked and the app helped us make sure we were still on the trail.

This is a nice hike with a great view at the end!

The only compaint... there are so many roots across the trail up to the first pond, that walking on them became quite tedious!

nature trips
9 days ago

Really neat! Quick stop off the highway with an amazing waterfall. Recommend checking out the trails surrounding the area as well.

Got attacked by mosquitoes and flys which made a nice easy walk awful:(

Awesome trail for all ages and abilities. Great views as well, but not really a hike more of a walk.

11 days ago

ok, decent trail, not clearly marked though.

Make sure to bring some money because it is 5 dollars to park, but that will be good for other spots in the area for the day so if you are planning more hikes it is fine. It was a little hard with the kids coming back up because of all the stairs and they got tired, but the falls were very beautiful.

hiking
12 days ago

Stopped by on the way to Mt Washington. Well worth it. Very short walk but a few dozen steps. $5 self-pay parking. Best $5 I've spent. Explore the area around the falls if you have time.

Brought our dogs there today. It’s not a long trail but really fun! There are some nice spots to stop before you reach the main waterfall to cool off the dogs or your feet.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Definitely not a road bike trail, or even a hybrid trail once you get on the end toward Watson. A decent challenge for the mountain bike though. Overgrown in some areas and a tree was down in another, so we turned around and came back sooner as we could not pass.

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What lovely trails. Very easy to run, as long as you can keep track of the route. The path is gravel and pretty much flat, but doesn't follow an intuitive circle, there are a lot of smaller more narrow paths that stem off the main drag. I'm not sure why it is rated as moderate... it's easy.

Great surface (cinder and ballast) for a mountain bike, easy riding. Only saw two groups of ATVs on a weekday, two other cyclists. Not as scenic or rural as I expected, but still a great ride overall. We’ll be back to complete the ride.

Great hike and kids loved it

28 days ago

I parked at the end of Cornish Turnpike and found Chapin Pond to be about 1.4 miles in. Beautifully quiet with the largest beaver lodge I’ve ever seen.

Gentle incline up, then the left to Chapin Pond is marked. It’s another .3 miles in.

I would’ve rated this easy hike higher if not for all the mud (I’ll go back at the end of the summer) and because I encountered four or so ATVs.

If you take this way in, make sure to note the yellow “slow” sign in the woods to the left to mark the way back to Cornish Turnpike. I overshot it on my way back on a hot day with an elderly dog. :-(

Nice trail but quite dry during the summer. Lots of bugs - make sure to wear a hat, glasses and like sleeves!

Nice trails, not traveled often. Would suggest long pants and tick spray! Gorgeous!

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