Five New England Hikes to Try This Winter
Spend a Saturday on these trails, open all season long.
Already swap out your hiking boots for Bean boots? Not so fast. Don’t let plummeting temperatures lure you into packing away trusty outdoor gear just yet.
Some of the region’s most-traversed trails offer a completely different hiking experience come wintertime. Pull on some wool socks and get your fill of snow-dusted evergreens at these five destinations across New England.
Lincoln Woods Trail
Lincoln, New Hampshire
The moderate, mostly flat Lincoln Woods Trail follows along New Hampshire’s Pemigewasset River. It’s appealing to novice and expert hikers alike, making it one of the most popular trails in the White Mountains. While there’s plenty of natural beauty (including a waterfall), the trail also features a wooden foot bridge.
Kancamagus Highway, Lincoln, NH, visitwhitemountains.com.
Tucker Preserve’s 1.8-mile loop crosses land formerly owned by a rubber company that operated along the Indian Head River. Today, the preserve’s trail winds through the woods to the river and back, and passes by stone walls that once marked farmers’ pastures.
West Elm Street, Pembroke, Mass., wildlandstrust.org.
Bartlett, New Hampshire
This wildly popular swimming hole becomes an icy, sparkling jewel in the winter. While it’s a relatively short walk to Diana’s Baths—a stunning series of waterfalls—hikers should come equipped with proper footwear, as the packed snow can be slippery.
West Side Road, Bartlett, NH, northconwaynh.com.
Bauneg Beg Mountain
North Berwick, Maine
Not far from the New Hampshire border, this mountain in North Berwick, Maine boasts unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Mount Washington on the other. Strap on snowshoes to follow the half-mile trail to the top, then take in the scenery knowing you’re atop the only mountain in Southern Maine without a communications tower.
Fox Farm Hill Road, North Berwick, Maine, gwrlt.org.
This Trustees of Reservations property is about an hour’s drive outside of the city. There’s the option to follow a short trail leading to Noon Hill’s peak, where you can take in views of the Charles River and surrounding towns, while another trail loops around Holt Pond.
Noon Hill Road, Medfield, Mass., trustees.org.