Spring is one of the best times to get out on the Appalachian Trail. In New Hampshire, you can access the trail at a variety of points that can provide you with trips of varying intensity and duration. Whether you want to take your kids out for the afternoon to start showing them the beauty of spring, or are a seasoned hiker looking to spend a few nights on the trail – there is a trail that will be right for you. Some of the best include the following.
Mt. Monadnock and the Dublin Trail
While Monadnock can provide one of the most intense and high level hiking experiences in New Hampshire, it is also where you will find one the best family hikes in the state. Near Monadnock proper is the Dublin Trail. This is a short, 2.2 mile trail that is well groomed and almost flat. It is easy for even small children to enjoy this hike and the outdoors. In spring time, all of the parks in New Hampshire are waking up from their long winter’s sleep and witnessing the renewal of life is something no one should miss. Where Mt. Monadnock will challenge even the most in shape and experienced trail explorer, the Dublin Trail is a safe way to get out and get going on building a life in the outdoor for your family.
Pisgah State Park is another great choice for spring hiking in New Hampshire because it offers a similar variety of level trails and explorations as the Monadnock and Dublin Trail. There are also more opportunities for you to ride the trails in Pisgah on mountain bikes or horseback. One of the other things that Pisgah is known for is its incredible bird watching opportunities. As part of a land and fauna conservation area, there are many different species that call the surroundings home. You can set out and spend the day in the marshes, or stay on the trail and search for the nesting boxes and feeders that have been set up to attract a wide variety of species. One thing you should also consider is making arrangements with one of the parks to come out and help do spring cleaning on the trails. This can be a great way to get an in-depth guided tour of the trails and the wildlife on them.
Located in Lincoln off the Kancamangus Highway, these ponds are a type of oasis in the mountains. There are two actual ponds that are in a basin between two peaks and they have formed a natural conservation area that when warmed with Spring, teem with the flower and fauna of New Hampshire. The surrounding trail is under 5 miles long and of an easy to intermediate skill level. It can make a good day hike for any level or age of hiker. Make sure to bring guide books to help identify the various species you encounter as their abundance is surprising and many can be easily found at Greely that are hard to spot elsewhere.