Lopstick and the Great North Woods of New Hampshire are a true sportsman’s paradise, with a wide variety of hiking trails to choose from. Some are more challenging than others. Here are a few for you to check out.
Falls in the River Trail is a beautiful, stepped waterfall in the Upper Connecticut River between Second and First Lake. Access is easy from Rte 3. From the North end, access the trail at Second Connecticut Lake Dam and follow trail 1.5 miles to the Falls. To access from the south, park off Rte 3 near Big Brook Bog Road and take the Moose Alley Trail to the Falls in the River Trail and then a half mile hike to the Falls.
Black Cat Trail:
Drive North on Route 3 until you reach Deer Mountain Campground. The mile Marker is 237.4 and park. Walk South West on Sophies Lane. Turn left at the kiosk onto the snowmobile corridor 5 heading towards Route 3 Watching for The Upper Black Cat trailhead on the right. This trail is easy to moderate.
Bog Bridge Trail:
Drive North on Route 3 to Magalloway Road mile marker 231.3. Travel 1 mile on Magalloway Road to the state parking area at the bridge crossing the river. You enter the woods to the right. A little over a mile of hiking and the trail crosses a snowmobile bridge spanning Coon Brook. This trail is moderate.
Clarksville Freedom Trails:
Begin on Route 145 and drive for 2 miles looking for Bressette Road on the right. Bressette Road looks like a driveway. Continue for one mile up the road. The trail head will be on your left. These trails were dedicated in Memory of Fay and Marjorie Chappell in 2003.
The Coos Trail:
From the Davis Path in Crawford Notch to the US Canadian Border and covers over 165 miles. Described as “New Hampshire’s Great Unknown” This trail was started in the late 1900’s and completed in 2012.
The Covell Mountain Trail:
The Southern trail head from Young’s Store on Route 3, travel North 3 miles and turn left onto Golden Eagle Drive. Mile marker 227.5. This dirt road ends at Ramblewood. This hike is moderate.
Forth Connecticut Lake Trail:
Take Route 3 North to mile marker 242 at the US/Canadian border. The trail head is located to the North West of the border station. The trail is steep in sections along the border. At .4 miles you will be at the Preserve Corner and the Eastern boundary. Two tenths of a mile more and you’ll be at the junction of the Loop Trail. Go left and the small brook you step over is the beginning of the Connecticut River. This trail is moderate and steep.
Take Route 3 North 4.7 miles to mile marker 231.3 on the right side of Route 3. drive 13 miles out as it turns the corner stay to the left where you pass through an orange gate. Stay straight at the critical junction for a few more miles. Look for the kiosk on the left across from an out house. The falls are about a ten minute walk down.
This is a moderate and steep hike.
Hiking and Climbing Experiences
Pittsburg and environs may not have the dramatic mountain landscapes found elsewhere in New Hampshire (see the Presidential range, for instance), but our collection of rolling hills and gentle mountains are easy to hike and offer some truly stunning views of our forest and lake terrain.
With a good pair of sturdy walking shoes and a good stick, you can explore some of these great hiking spots.
The border between the US and Canada is just 13 miles north of Lopstick. There is majestic scenery on the northern side of the border, as well as a handful of small Quebec towns to visit that make for an enjoyable day trip.
There are three covered bridges in the Pittsburg area, always a favorite of tourists.
- The Bacon Road Covered Bridge spans the Connecticut River just south of Pittsburg Village. It’s just over 88 feet long and was built around 1876.
- The River Road Covered Bridge is found on Lake Francis Road, seven miles north of the village and just over a mile east off US 3. Built in 1858, its 50-foot length spans Perry Stream.
Garfield Falls: What a beautiful place to see! Take Magalloway Road 12.2 miles, then stay straight another 1 mile to a small turnout on either side of the road. The trail is to the left 1/4 a mile to the 38-foot falls. Bring your swimsuit as Garfield Falls is a great place for swimming ! You’ll need good footwear for fishing and hiking the rocks at the Falls site.