Welcome to the continuation of our series on all things snowshoeing. Today’s post will provide a brief overview of some of the best snowshoeing trails in the northeast.

If you are new to snowshoeing, be sure to check out our Introduction to Snowshoe Blog Posts before you set out on your snowshoeing journey.

What follows is some of our favorite trails for snowshoeing in the northeast and a brief description of each trail. You can also find plenty of great trails in other regions by following our next few posts.

State of Maine Snowshoe Trails

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Contact Information
Freeport, Maine
426 Wolfe’s Neck Road Freeport, ME 04032
Tel: (207) 865-446

Trail
8 kilometers of trails. Elevation gain 100 feet. High point 130 feet.

Additional Information
Wolfe’s Neck trail is located in a 200-acre park. There are multiple, well-marked trails. There is a parking fee at a self-service kiosk.

New Hampshire State Snowshoe Trails

Contact Information
Mount Willard
Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Ranger Info: (603) 528 8721

Trail
5 kilometer loop. Elevation gain 900 feet. High point 2,800 feet.

Additional Information
The wide, well-marked trail is great for family hikes. Much of the trail is protected from wind and eventually gives way to multiple lookouts over Crawford Notch. The Highland Center, located nearby, provides snowshoe rentals as well as hot chocolate.

Arethusa Falls

Contact Information
Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Saco District Ranger: (603) 447 5448

Trail
4 kilometer Loop. Elevation gain 760 feet. High point 2,000 feet.

Additional Information
This trail is not groomed. It is accessible only to snowshoers in the winter. Enjoy the view of Arethusa Falls which is frozen for much of the winter. Ice climbers frequent the falls when it becomes fully frozen. Park at the trailhead off U.S. Route 302.

Lonesome Lake

Contact Information
Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
USFS Pemigewasset Ranger Station, Plymouth
Tel: (603) 536-1310

Trail
5 kilometers round trip. Elevation gain 950 feet.

Additional Information
Lonesome Lake is accessible to families. The trail starts by follows the Pemigewasset River and ends at the lakeshore hut. The hut is a self-service cabin and includes access to a stove, mattresses, and cookware. Be sure to bring food, blankets, and a warm sleeping bag if you plan to stay the night. Bring your binoculars or a camera and enjoy the view of Mount Lafayette and Mount Lincoln. Snowshoe rentals are available at Franconia Village Cross-Country Ski Center located nearby.

Lincoln Woods

Contact Information
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Lincoln Woods Ranger Station-Lincoln, NH
Tel: (603) 630-5190

Trail
5.8 miles round trip to the wilderness boundary. Elevation gain 300 feet. High point 1,440 feet.

Additional Information
Ranger Station, visitor center, and sanitary facilities available on site. Visitor’s center regularly posts weather, trail conditions, and historical information. A second East Side trail, which runs up the other side of the river, is also accessible. Skiing, skating, and snowshoe accessible.

Vermont State Snowshoe Trails

Mount Tom, Mount Peg, and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Contact Information
U.S. Forest Service on Henderson Mine property
Tel: (303) 275-5350

Trail
2.5 and 5 kilometer loops to two different summits, each more than 1,000 feet high. 19 kilometers of trails inside the park.

Additional Information
Hot chocolate, snowshoe rentals, and trail maps are available at the Woodstock Ski Touring Center in the center of town. Many trails are available for climbing either Mount Tom or Mount Peg. The Faulkner Trail is a family-friendly, 5 kilometer loop up Mount Tom. The Mount Peg loop is 2.5 miles, round trip. Cross-country, skating, and snowshoeing trails available.

Camel’s Hump State Park, Huntington, Vermont

Trail
4.8 miles roundtrip on the Burrows Trail. High point 4,083 ft

Skill Level
Moderate-Strenuous

Additional Information
While there are several major trails that lead to the top of Camel’s Hump, the third highest peak in Vermont, many favor the Burrows Trail, located on the west side of the mountain, for snowshoeing. Upon reaching the open summit, arctic tundra plants and grasses, left over from the last Ice Age more than 100,000 years ago, greet the adventurer. Panoramic vistas abound, stretching from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Adirondacks of New York. The highest peaks of three states, NH, NY and VT are included in the view: Mt. Washington, Mt. Marcy and Mt. Mansfield, respectively.

Smugglers Notch State Park-Stowe, Vermont

Trail
Long Trail. High point 2,500 ft.

Skill Level
Moderate

Additional Information
While plenty of snowshoeing opportunities abound in the Park, including to the top of Mt. Mansfield, the hike to Sterling Pond on the Long Trail is a favorite. Starting from Smugglers Notch Road, which is closed to vehicular traffic during the winter season, the Long Trail gradually ascends through an exquisite landscape that features dense forests of maples and birch. After climbing more than 900 feet of elevation, the clear waters of Sterling Pond, which lies between two ski areas, opens up. Nearby is a shelter, the site of the Old Watson Camp. If you’re feeling ambitious, roughly 2.5 miles from the shelter is the Elephant’s Head ledge, from which you can see the dramatic 1,000 foot cliffs that descend into the Notch, with Mt. Mansfield and the Chin directly across.

New York State Snowshoe Trails Thompson Pond Preserve

Contact Information
Pine Plains, New York
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
Tel: (406) 826-3821

Trail
5 kilometers. Elevation gain 50 feet. High point 140 feet.

Additional Information
The pond that this trail circles is protected by the Nature Conservancy. Bring binoculars because you may be lucky enough to see nesting golden eagles in the late winter months. The trail around the pond is level and flat. Perfect for beginner snowshoers or young children.

Catskill Mountains State Park, New York

Trail
Escarpment Loop around North/South Lakes, 4.7 miles. High point 1,500-2,000 ft.

Skill level
Easy-Moderate

Additional Information
Starting from the trailhead off Schutt Road, 2 miles outside the Village of Haines Falls, head onto the blue-marked Escarpment trail to the Layman monument (dedicated to a local fireman). From there, you’ll see numerous breathtaking views along the ridge including the Blackhead Mountain Range and Inspiration Point while continuing on to Boulder Rock and the site of the old Catskill Mountain House with its accompanying vistas of the Hudson River and the surrounding valley. Unlike other Catskills trails, the Escarpment climbs gradually and is an ideal snowshoe trail for both solo and family hikes.

Balsam Mountain, Catskill Mountains

Contact Information
U.S. Forest Service on Henderson Mine property
Tel: (303) 275-5350

Trail
Loop Hike on the Oliverea-Mapledale, Pine Hill-West Branch and Mine Hollow Trails, 5.2 miles. High point 3,600.

Skill level
Moderate-Strenuous

Additional Information
The trek involves crossing several streams and tributaries before the trail climbs steeply in elevation of over 750 feet in less than a mile, the most challenging section of the hike. There is also a sharp climb up a rock face immediately before reaching the top of Balsam Mountain, but is well worth the effort. A perfect place to rest and have a snack, the village of Big Mountain and the surrounding peaks come into sharp focus. In order to make this a loop hike, you must head down the Pine Hill-West Branch trail, which is quite steep and rugged, so make sure to exercise great caution.

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