According to local hiking enthusiasts, Table Rock is at once the most terrifying and exciting climb in all of New Hampshire. Not only do the steep edges and careening height seem intimidating, the actual flat surface at the top of the mountain is limited. However, the view once you reach the top of Table Rock cannot be imitated. Located at the heart of Dixville Notch, Table Rock has been enticing adventure seekers for years. We could think of nothing more fitting than to suggest having a picnic up there. Why not? It would be one of the most memorable moments of your life. Pack some delectable cheeses, some local New Hampshire jams, crackers, bread and whatever else you prefer and camp out like kings. Once you arrive at the top, you will definitely feel a dizzying sensation that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
How difficult is it to get to the top?
Although the climb does appear daunting, the trail itself is not too difficult to surmount. It has been suggested that because of places with loose rocks and unsure footing, it would be best to avoid this hike during a rainy day. For local weather listings at Table Rock, please check out this link: Dixville Notch State Park Weather. The greatest difficulty in this hike is the fact that it is rather vertical. It may not take you as long to get to the top but the steep climb could wear you down a bit. Furthermore, the path in places is not as well worn as other hiking trails. Be mindful of branches that have fallen on the path and other obstructions. As always, because you will be in close connection to dense trees and foliage, check yourself for ticks once you reach the top. Hikers who have completed the Table Rock summit insist it could take anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes to complete the trek. No matter how long it takes, the view from the top is positively breathtaking. Here is a link to a video that will give you an idea of how beautiful the view actually is: Table Rock Summit. For a bit of a personal touch and accompanying photos, here is a link to a blog detailing the trip up to Table Rock in stages: Outdoor Adventures.
I hear Dixville Notch has quite the history. What is it?
Dixville Notch is famous for being an unincorporated community with the longest running midnight president election. In 1960, all eligible voters in Dixville Notch gather together at The Balsams, a premiere ski resort, and cast their ballots. The polls then officially close a minute later. Dixville Notch is always a point of interest during the presidential primaries as their cast ballots are always the first to come through and are broadcasted to the world immediately afterwards.