Friday, May 19, 2017

Darby Field Inn: Activities We Recommend - Boulder Loop Trail

While you're visiting the White Mountains (and the Darby Field Inn!), a great moderate hiking trail for normal-athletic people is the Boulder Loop Trail. This is a trek we routinely recommend unless its been raining...this is a rocky trail that can be slippery.  We also offer a self guided tour map, which adds a little adventure to your outing! Insider's tip:  schedule a relaxing couples massage a couple of weeks before you arrive...its a perfect treat after an active getaway!

Boulder Loop Trail Head
 The trail can be accessed from Dugway Rd, about 3 miles east of Conway on the Kancamaugus Highway (Scenic Rt. 112).  Parking is at the covered bridge, and there's a $5 day use parking pass you'll need to purchase at the kiosk and place on your dashboard.  This fee supports the White Mountain National Forest, and saves you from a $100 ticket.  Plan on 2 hours for this hike, including taking selfies and panorama shots from the top of the ledges. 

View from the top: SO worth it!!

After the hike, you can follow Dugway Rd all the way to the other side and take a left on West Side Rd (see previous blog about Cathedral Ledge).  Follow that to the end, take a right, and BOOM, you're just north of the lovely North Conway Village!  Turn right at the light, find parking and enjoye a stroll through the village.  Make sure to stop into a couple of my favorite shops:  The Penguin - an eclectic mix of jewelry, toys and gifts, and Zeb's Country Store - loads of NH themed gifts, specialty foods, AND real penny candy!

North Conway Village
Non-athletic people can take this route just for the relaxing scenic drive followed by North Conway shopping and restaurants.  Super-athletic people can run this trail as a warm up, and then head down the road to follow up with a peak close to our hearts: South Moat Mt.  More on this trail next time!

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