Fishing & Hiking

Elephant's Head Trail (25 miles)
Crawford Notch, NH

For the beginners and families with children, we recommend Elephants Head trail. The short trail around Saco Lake is perfect for all ages—it follows the shoreline of the lake and crosses several streams and some large boulders. The short climb to Elephant’s Head provides impressive views of the dramatic notch. Saco Lake, a small, unassuming pond off US 302, is the headwater for the Saco River, which flows through Crawford Notch and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Elephant Head is a large, rocky outcropping that overlooks Crawford Notch at the east side of the gateway. It actually looks like the head of an elephant when viewed from the highway near the depot.
Mt Jefferson Trail (12 miles)
Randolph, NH

For the more experienced, we recommend Mt. Jefferson located in Randolph, NH. This hike offers spectacular views from the summit of 5,716-foot-tall Mount Jefferson with only 2,700 feet of elevation gain—the Caps Ridge Trail has the highest trailhead in the White Mountains at 3,008 feet. The Caps Ridge Trail is a great way to quickly reach the alpine zone, but just because this hike has less elevation gain than other hikes, do not make the assumption that this trip is easy. It includes steep scrambles that can be dangerous in wet or icy conditions and frightening to people with a fear of heights in any weather. A considerable amount of exposure to the elements also is a part of this trip. Caution should be taken if thunderstorms look possible, or if rain, snow, or high winds are forecast. That said, the above-treeline hiking on the Ridge of the Caps is inspiring, and the views from the summit of Mount Jefferson are spectacular.
Cherry Mountain Trail (15 miles)
Jefferson, NH

We recommend the Cherry Mountain Trail for all of our guests. The summit of Owls Head (the north peak of Cherry Mountain), elevation 3,263 feet, provides excellent views of the Presidentials, Crawford Notch, and the peaks surrounding Franconia Notch. This 3.5 mile trail is used in the winter as a snow machine trail which makes it very clean and easily accessible during the other seasons.
Pond of Safety (10 miles)
Jefferson, NH

Access: Shorebank, canoe, kayak, motorized boats are not permitted
Species: Eastern brook trout, hornpout
Forest Lake (15 miles)
Dalton, NH

Access: Shorebank, Canoe, Kayak, Boat Ramp
Species: Small mouth bass, large mouth bass, chain pickerel, hornpout
Depth: 10ft avg, 15ft max
Mirror Lake (11 miles)
Whitefield, NH

Access: Shorebank, Canoe, Kayak, Boat Ramp
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, large mouth bass, chain pickerel, hornpout
Depth: 8ft avg, 23ft max
Cherry Pond (10 miles)
Jefferson, NH

Access: Shorebank, canoe, kayak, motorized boats are not permitted
Species: Pickerel, hornpout, yellow perch


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