Summer is the perfect season to get lost in the woods. Not literally (we hope!), but in the sense of getting out into the great outdoors to experience nature, visit one of our beautiful waterfalls, scale one of the gentle hills and mountains nearby and to just decompress in the peace and quiet of the Great North Woods.
There are numerous hiking trails a short distance from Lopstick. Most of them are moderate in difficulty and short in distance. We’ve listed some of our favorite hikes below. (And, just to make sure, we recommend good walking shoes or boots, pack a compass or map, take plenty of water in case it’s a hot day, and don’t forget your phone! Safety first!)
Falls in the River Trail
This easy trail leads to a beautiful, stepped waterfall in the Upper Connecticut River between Second and First Connecticut Lake. Access is easy from Route 3. From the north end, access the trail at Second Connecticut Lake Dam and follow the 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 to the Deer Mountain Campground at mile marker 237.4 and park. Walk southwest on Sophies Lane. Turn left at the kiosk onto the snowmobile corridor 5 heading towards Route 3. Watch 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 at 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
Pick up Route 145 in the center of Pittsburg and drive south for 2 miles looking for Bressette Road on the right (it looks like a driveway). Continue for one mile up Bressette Road. The trail head will be on your left. These trails were dedicated in Memory of Fay and Marjorie Chappell in 2003, and are the only known trails in the state designed for limited mobility hikers and can accommodate wheelchairs. There are maps at the trailhead indicating the pathways of the approximately 1.5 miles of trails..
The Cohos Trail
The full length of this well-maintained hiking trail is 165 miles, running from the Canadian border at Route 3 to Crawford Notch. First proposed in the 1970s, the final path of the Trail was not completed until 2012. You can hike the sections along the Connecticut Lakes, find sections between Pittsburg and Colebrook, or even hike the more challenging sections near Dixville Notch. Difficulty ranges from easy to challenging.
The Covell Mountain Trail
To reach the southern trailhead, go north on Route 3 three miles from Young’s Store, then turn left onto Golden Eagle Drive (at mile marker 227.5). Pick up the trail where the dirt road ends at Ramblewood Road. The hike up the mountain is moderate in difficulty.
Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail
Take Route 3 north to mile marker 242 at the US/Canadian border. The trailhead is located to the northwest 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 outhouse. The falls are about a ten minute walk down. This is a moderate and steep hike.
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