Little Rock Pond, A favorite stop on the Appalachian Trail. An easy walk, about 2 miles each way, from parking lot. Wooded, a stream along the way, into Little Rock pond, a beaver pond, lots of big rocks to sit on, and a mountain lake to swim in. A longer hike with a loop and a climb to Green Peak with a view of the Green Mt. National Forest, this loop is about 7.5 miles, and has some steep climbing. Access to the trail is about 3 miles from the inn off FR 10.
Lye Brook Falls A beautiful waterfall,a neat destination, walking on a old railroad bed, left there from logging days long ago. Approximately 2.3 miles each way, a gradual climb, wooded. Access to the trail is about 12 miles off Glen Rd in Manchester.
White Rocks Recreation Area, The Ice Beds. This is an easy walk, about 1 mile each way, wooded, views of the forest and rock slide. Walk into the bottom of an enormous rock slide, the temperature drops as you come closer, the water running out of the slide is 45 degrees in the summer, and it cools the woods and feels great on a warm day. Access is off Rte. 140, in Wallingford, approximately 10 miles from the inn.
Merck Forest and Farm Land Center, This is a wonderful place, 3,500 acres of woods, fields, mountains, small ponds. 26 miles of hiking trails in warm months, that become cross country ski trails in winter. Mt. Anton and Spruce Peak, for wonderful views, Birch Pond for a summer swim, old farm roads, and wooded paths. A great variety, something for everyone. Access is off Rte. 315 in Rupert, about a half hour drive.
There are many other wonderful places to hike in this area. We can help with trail information and suggestions.