Day Tripping from Lopstick

It’s not hard to find things to do when staying at Lopstick. Indeed, most of our guests come to visit with a long list of activities they want to participate in. Some activities include boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing the Trophy Stretch or other streams and ponds, riding the wilds, splashing in the beautiful lakes, and keeping an eye peeled for a moose sighting.

Sometimes our guests ask for advice on something else they can do while visiting the Pittsburg area. Luckily, we have the answers!

Hiking.  For guests who want a serious hike, we recommend Magalloway Mountain. The drive to the trailhead is easy: from Lopstick, go 3 miles north on Route 3, turn right on Magalloway Road, follow this (mostly) dirt road approximately three miles and turn right at the sign. The trailhead parking is about three miles on. There are two marked trails up the mountain: Bobcat and Coot. Coot is a bit more strenuous, but they both arrive (in about an hour’s hike) at the 3,360-foot summit with great views of the surrounding area.

Before or after you tackle the summit of Magalloway, visit the lovely Garfield Falls. Follow the signs on Magalloway Road (about 11 miles from Route 3) to a small turn-off with an information kiosk. The trail down to the falls is just a quarter-mile and easy to hike. The falls cascade down a rocky hillside and pool in several places at the bottom, perfect for cooling off on a hot day.

For an easy walk through the woodlands, visit the Arthur and Christie Johnson Memorial Forest in Pittsburg. The trail starts across from the Pittsburg Fire and Rescue Station near the village of Pittsburg, and is protected forest land. You’ll see osprey nests and other forest critters on this gentle, easy to navigate trail.

Rather drive than walk?  Almost everyone visits Moose Alley:  Starting about three miles north of Lopstick to the Second Connecticut Lake Dam, Route 3 is a popular spot to see the grazing moose. There’s a gentle walking trail of about two miles on the right, across a small brook. Ask our Guest Relations Team what the best times might be for catching a glimpse, depending on when you stay with us. Good (visual) hunting!

O Canada!  A bit further afield (but still just about 30 minutes from Lopstick) is the lovely Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, or the Coaticook Gorge National Park.  This very popular tourist attraction in the Eastern Townships features a two-mile hiking trail that crosses the largest suspension footbridge in North America, affording unforgettable views of the river gorge 160 feet below.  At night, the park offers a multimedia forest experience called Foresta Lumina, which portrays the world of nature that comes alive after dark along with the local heritage and folklore of the forest. Cross into Canada in Canaan, Vermont, (remember to bring your passports!) and take Route 141 north to the park.

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