Great Glen Trails
Great Glen Trails
Pinkham Notch, NH 03581
Great Glen Trails Description
These trails are perfect for not-quite-mountain-bikers thanks to smooth, wide carriage roads that run through woods and meadows and along rivers, all with Mount Washington looming overhead. When kids get the hang of it, they'll want to segue onto the single tracks that loop on and off the roads (parents can follow or watch from the road). If you can get your kids to slow down, you're sure to see soaring birds, herons, frogs, turtles, and maybe even a moose.
Babies: The paths are perfect for all-terrain and jogging strollers.
School-Age Kids: Younger kids get a kick out of hearing their voices echo in the tunnels that lead to the trails.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Practiced dirt bikers can tackle the skill park and single track on the other side of the lodge.
- Take it easy. Bring a picnic and a kite -- there's plenty of room and the setting is gorgeous.
- Rent or bring your own. Bike rentals include helmet and pass; trail-a-bikes and trailers are also available. Bring your own bike and helmet and pay for a trail pass only; no charge for walking.
- Check for closures. Access is sometimes limited for races or events; check the website ahead of your visit.
- Recharge. The Outdoor Center Café has great chili, wraps, pizza, snacks, yogurt, and fruit and the seating area and deck afford great mountain views. Restrooms are clean; downstairs there's ample space for changing clothes.
- Be prepared. Bring snacks, water, and bug spray on the trail.
- Off-road activities. Great Glen also runs kayaking and canoeing trips, and converts to a cross-country touring center in winter months.
- Take a drive. If you're planning to drive up Mount Washington, the auto road is right across the street.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recommended Time: Half day