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Hiking Near Umbagog

Posted on by Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

First here is a video for those who either have never seen or are simply missing Lake Umbagog:

I have spoken of many of the reasons why people come back to Umbagog year after year (some going on 20 years). Though the lake is incredible some people need more, some people need to hike. There is one small gorgeous trail near the lake called the Magalloway River Trail. This trail can be found by driving north on Rt. 16 past the National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (stop in and grab a map of the trail you are about to embark on). Shortly after you pass the NWR HQ you will see the trailhead on your right hand side. This is a nice, easy hiking trail that passes through an area full of bog bridges to help you get around underneath the spruce and fir trees. If you follow the main trail until it makes hard left you can follow it to a nice look out area to observe some of the wildlife on the Magalloway.

 

Looking down a part of the Magalloway River Trail

Looking down a part of the Magalloway River Trail.

If nice and easy is not your style of hiking don’t you worry. Just 20 miles west of the campground on Rt. 26 is beautiful Dixville Notch. Yes this is home to the first place to declare its results during the presidential elections! However, I am not here to tell you about that I am here to tell you about the stunning views that await just a short hike straight up from the road. I did this hike not to long ago with my long time travel companion Bart.

Bart the monkey with the Balsams in the background

Bart the monkey with the Balsams in the background.

When driving through the notch from Errol, just after you go up and over the notch and before you see the Balsams hotel, there is a pull off on the left. This marks the trailhead to table rock which a short 3/10 mile hike straight up (very steep stairs) to top to see beautiful views of the notch and surrounding area.

Looking East through Dixville Notch

Looking East through Dixville Notch.

Once up there explore some of the trail that goes to a couple different peaks, look outs, and one will take you down the “easy” path toward the picnic area. Many people will park in the picnic area, the first parking lot you see coming from Errol on the left and side, and hike from there. The picnic area offers a nice place to relax have a nice meal while checking out the nearby falls and the leaves as they begin to change their color.

A bridge near the picnic area that a SCA crew built in early June.

A bridge near the picnic area that a SCA crew built in early July.

A group enjoying the resources of the investigation station at Umbagog Lake

A group enjoying the resources of the investigation station at Umbagog Lake.

One of the lookouts on top of table rock. Hope you don't have vertigo!

One of the lookouts on top of table rock. Hope you don’t have vertigo!

 

A panoramic view from atop Table Rock in Dixville Notch State Park

A panoramic view from atop Table Rock in Dixville Notch State Park.

I hope this has inspired you to check out some of the local hikes in the area the next time you visit Umbagog and the surrounding areas!

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Steven Gang

Umbagog Lake Interpretive Ranger

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Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and made possible by generous financial support from Public Service of New Hampshire. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required. View all posts by Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters →
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