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

hiking
2 days ago

great hike!
though lots of tripping hazards (rocks and many tree roots)
After .8 miles of the hike the trail splits into 2 sections
On the left is a harder .3 mile path that involves a more steep incline with some rock scrambling
On the right is the easier .5 mile path that stays consistent with the path type of the trail. some rocks and roots in the path but easier to hike up.
Both routes are worth taking to see the beautiful view at the top!

walking
4 days ago

That was a great little family hike. Lots of cold water pools to lay around in and 4 leaves up or so there was a hole that was about 2 ½ feet wide by 3 ½ feet long and about 10 feet deep. Jumped in with my arms by my side. What a rush. The hike is easy. Parking was a problem so get there early.

Liked this very much. Good for the dogs and enjoyable for everyone else

hiking
9 days ago

Nice moderate uphill trail. Beautiful views at the top. Great place for a picnic!

hiking
9 days ago

Perfect hike for families with younger children. One of the highest visual-payoff-to-effort ratios you can find.

on Black Cap Trail

10 days ago

Amazing trail for family of 6. This was our first time in the White Mountains and a perfect hike for beginners. The trail is well marked with a beautiful forest canopy to start followed by a rocky ascent deserving of some fancy foot work. The kids couldn’t wait to get to the top. What a view! Well worth it. Spent 30 minutes snacking and taking in the amazing vistas. Coming down saw many hikers going up. We lucked out not having hikers on top. Will definitely visit next time.

hiking
12 days ago

A nice hike with some very scenic views at the top, but it is not ‘easy’ (at least not for a 65+ year-old who is reasonably fit). Elevation increases the entire way; lots of roots and small rocks to watch out for; and large rocks to climb on the last 1/4 mile. For me it was a medium-level hike (especially since it was hot and humid today), and a very enjoyable one.

So romantic to do with your boo ;)

Short hike to falls- first part of the trail could even be accessed by wheelchair or with a stroller. Climb up higher on the path to get up to the top of the group of falls. Small waterfalls and natural rock slides - good for all ages but can be very slippery so watch the little ones.
Gets very busy on nice days, go early or go when it’s raining to avoid the crowds.

hiking
18 days ago

Went with 15 people, 6 adults (in relatively decent shape) 9 kids. Ages 3-9. Hike was perfect for our group, about 2hr hike, Beautiful views. Definitely recommended.

hiking
22 days ago

Lovely, easy walk. Had 3 kids under 7 and 1 infant in a carrier and the trail was easy to navigate, well groomed. The swimming hole was way better than anticipated. It’s a full beach with lifeguards and nice shallow swimming in the roped off area. Expected to take a quick dip but instead spent the afternoon. Wish we’d brought a grill to stay through our next meal like many other families. Only thing we wish we’d known is that their is a cost: $4 for adults and $2 for kids over 6. Well worth the visit!

Very crowded, couldn’t park. Turned around. Disappointing, as we have hiked here a few years back and enjoyed it thoroughly.

walking
22 days ago

Fun spot! A must stop for a familiy..
Crowdy, parking was full at noon.
And like the other comment please bring back your trash

hiking
23 days ago

Well marked trails, lots of people. Nice views. Nice climb up and down took about hour and half total. Little slippery at the top but not bad. Dog enjoyed the rocks.

hiking
23 days ago

Great short hike with decent elevation. Went this morning. Great views at top.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike with the kids. It was cloudy when we got to the top but the kids had a great time scrambling up the rock near the top on the way up. The rock was a little slippery on the way down but we all survived. Would highly recommend. Probably best for ages 4 or 5 and up or small kids in a backpack.

Great trail for beginners or those not used to hiking but it is more than a simple walk. The views at the top were stunning!

on Black Cap Trail

hiking
28 days ago

This is a great trail! The views and hike are well worth your time. We went with 8 adults and 7 children. All enjoyed it. The children especially. While it is short and rated as easy it is a real hike. The trail is not a paved or groomed trail. There are roots, rocks, boulders, dirt, bugs, trees, gravel. Some of the parents in the group were expecting something like a groomed nature walk I think. You are virtually summiting one of the mountains. One might want to bring a small pack with water, snack, camera, light jacket or sweatshirt. Where you park is almost to the top. Just driving to the trail head was fun.

hiking
28 days ago

Great short hike with great views over Cranmore she area.

hiking
28 days ago

Great morning hike with some fun views of the valley

hiking
29 days ago

Very cool place, accessible by an easy mostly flat walk. If you do this in the summer, it's going to be busy so plan accordingly (go early in the morning or late afternoon). The pools are beautiful and you'll probably see a lot of people swimming/jumping into them. Use caution as the rock can get extremely slippery.

Another thing: it's a super easy trail with a lot of foot traffic, but that's no excuse for trashing the place. Throw away your trash and keep the area clean.

I’m really surprised at all the positive reviews and/or the lack of negative reviews.

Parking lot had a wait of about a 1/2 hour, not a complaint, just an observation.

First, I was barely able to stop from dry-heaving in the restroom. At LEAST 100 flies buzzing inside all over the 4’x4’ room and the most disgusting smell that carried to the outside as well. (We visited several other similar places and the restrooms were very clean, zero flies and a pleasant smell.)

The 1/2 mike walk to the location was nice and cool.

Unfortunately the restrooms weren’t the only bad-smelling place. The entire “swimming area” smelled like dog poop. Every breeze carried it and you couldn’t escape it. The one place where you might actually be able to swim had large sticks and other debris floating around and was decidedly green and murky as opposed to EVERY other swimming hole we visited that week.

There were several dogs, which is nice but the red bags used to discard their feces were unfortunately just left around on the ground in several places and not thrown away but left to lie in the sun.

There were several 6-8 year old kids picking up melon-sized rocks and just tossing them around near other people with no parents in sight to stop them. There of course were the several obligatory pairs of dirty, discarded socks lying in the mud and dirty paper towels and other trash blowing around.

My wife and I looked around and back at each other and were amazed that there were so many normal people seemingly oblivious to how disgusting this place was.

And to reiterate, we visited several very similar places with as many or more kids, adults, dogs etc. this week and every one was a very pleasant experience. The restrooms if available were clean, there was no trash to speak of and certainly no smell. They were ALL quite pristine and certainly blew away the disgusting Diana’s Baths.

I wish we hadn’t wasted the trip there and had just gone to where we went afterward instead.

Again, not sure how my review seems to be the only negative one here. We’re just middle class people from Massachusetts that have been staying at Indian Head in Lincoln for the better part of 20 years. And again, the several other similar places we visited were fantastic. This place however was a dump.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, but you still climb enough for beginners to feel like they accomplished something. Even a Little Rock scramble and the end. Those rocks/Ledge allow for great views.

Even though we hike a lot of hard stuff here in the White’s we like to take this hike when we have a short window of time, but want to get some time in nature. It’s always a good few hours in the woods.

It’s great winter and fall too!

Today we added 3 or 4 miles by taking cutoff and looping over (1.8 each way) to the top of Cranmore Mt.

Another easy stroll through the woods with nice views from the ski lodge at the top of Mt. Cranmore. You share the space with folks that took the chairlift up but there are bathrooms, food and Tuckerman’s beer. Ha. That was a nice addition to our casual hike today.

Awesome trail for beginners with fantastic views for you reward! Loved it and will be doing it more than once.

hiking
1 month ago

View from the top is underwhelming. A lot of greenery. There are a few good clearings with great views though. Not too difficult and it’s a pretty brief hike.

on Diana's Baths

nature trips
1 month ago

A quick and easy walk on a clearly marked pathway leads you to the waterfalls/swimming holes, gorgeous area! Visited on a summer Sunday, it was crowded with lots of kids and dogs but still relaxing. Easy to find your own area to hangout or to dip your feet in the water.

on Peaked Mountain Trail

1 month ago

nice view to northeast. a little confusing as signs pointing to Thompson road parking pointed I 2 different directions an we took the wrong one. take the longer route

Nice trail, very clear markings, and views from summit.

Really cool place. Dog friendly, walk in was easy. Arrive early to get parking is a must!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode probably half the trails from the suggested start and had a blast on the two easier loops. Then went up EKG and followed Side Hill to Rattlesnake and back on Swenson. Had quite the encounter with 2 different bears near the old mine site. Got really close to a big one and then a Juvenile a few mins latter.

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