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Hiking

Quimby Country sits squarely amidst the wildness and beauty of rugged New England. To the north lies Canada; to the east, the Connecticut River and New Hampshire; and to the west, lakes and peaks scattered amidst hundreds of thousands of acres of Vermont forest. All the following hikes are within a one-hour drive of Quimby’s.

Hiking at Quimby Country

Quimby Country is crisscrossed by a network of trails as shown on this map.  Just off the property, Averill Mountain, Brousseau Mountain, and Gore Mountain offer relatively easy climbs to spectacular views from their summit.

The trail marker for Averill Mountain is just a half mile west of the Lake View store on Route 114. The well-marked path up Mount Averill is just three-quarters of a mile and the 30-minute climb ends on a large rock overlooking Big Averill Lake. The mountain has a gradual ascent with vertical rise of 550 feet from the trail’s starting point. From the summit, you can see Table Rock in Dixville, NH, Mount Washington, and Jay Peak to the west.

The trail head for Brousseau Mountain is also on Rt. 114.  One and a half miles west of the Lake View Store, turn left on Mountain Road and drive about 1.3 miles to a closed gate. From there, it’s about 45 minutes (1.6 miles) to the top on a well-marked trail. The climb up is gradual but rocky in some places. When you get to what seems like the summit, take another trail to the right to the lookout point, about two minutes away. This vantage point provides a wide panorama view of the White and Green Mountain ranges and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

To find the trail to the top of Gore Mountain, take Vermont Route 114 south from the Norton General Store for 9.9 miles. Pull off between Lake Station Road and Devost Road at the north end of Norton Pond. The trail enters through a small opening on the east side of the road. You’ll walk through a series of beaver meadows, cross several brooks and through the edge of a large area that’s been logged. From the summit, there are views of the Nulhegan Basin a popular bird and wildlife viewing area. The trail to the top is 3.8 miles, about 90 minutes to two hours.

Mollie Beattie Bog Boardwalk

This self-guided, 200-foot long boardwalk and trail offers exceptional viewing of wildlife, rare plants, and birds. Located on Rt. 105 in Brunswick, about an hour from Quimby Country. Nearby, at the end of Lewis Pond Road, is the Lewis Pond Overlook, another perfect place from which to observe wildlife. Visits can be combined with shopping in Island Pond and East Burke.

Monadnock Mountain

The 4.5-mile path up Monadnock Mountain starts in Lemington, Vermont, on Route 102 – River Road, just 0.2 miles north of the Bridge Street bridge from Colebrook, NH. Turn into the gravel pit from Route 102 and find a trailhead sign that indicates the beaten-down path through the meadow that eventually leads to a better-defined trail in the woods. The mountain is forested all the way to the summit, but you can climb partway up a fire tower for good views in all directions. This is a long round trip hike so plan accordingly.

Bluff Mountain

The Trailhead and parking for this 3.2-mile round-trip hike are on the left side of Mountain Street in Island Pond about 1/2 mile beyond the end of the pavement. The trail features views of the Nulhegan Basin and surrounding hills. There are trails for experienced hikers, as well as for people just out for an afternoon walk. Lookout Trail crosses a very steep pitch with the aid of iron handles in the rock. The Community Trail takes a more moderate path.

Burke Mountain

Burke Mountain’s conical shape promises steep slopes, but the 3-mile loop up the Red trail and down the West Peak Trail is over surprisingly easy grades. The walk up is rewarded by spectacular views along the way and from the lookout tower at the peak. And on the way down you’ll pass through picnic spots in the ski slope grass.

Mount Pisgah

The climb up Mount Pisgah in Westmore is not for the faint of heart. The mountain’s sheer rock wall plunges nearly vertically into Lake Willoughby. The 4-mile hike rises 1,500 feet and includes four precarious perches overlooking the lake. The southern trailhead is on Rt. 5A, just south of the lake on the east side of the road, marked by a sign, “Willoughby State Forest Trailhead.”

Mount Hor

Rising from the western shoreline of Lake Willoughby, at about 2 miles long, the Mount Hor trail is a shorter hike than Mount Pigsah. But it but offers the same stunning views over the lake and towards the Green Mountains in the distance. A connection with the Brookside Trail provides an even longer hike to Moose Mountain.

Mount Magalloway, Pittsburg, NH

Mount Magalloway is not technically in the Northeast Kingdom, but it is less than an hour away in Pittsburg, the northernmost community in New Hampshire. The mountain is climbable via either of two trails, each less than a mile long, that begin at the end of an access road reached from Magalloway Road. Look for the sign for Magalloway Tower and though the trail ascends only 800 feet, be prepared for the pitch. The climb is relatively short, though, and pays off with views into three states and Canada.

Garfield Falls, Pittsburg, NH

The trail to Garfield Falls is an easy walk less than half a mile long. It’s a clear path that leads to a platform above the waterfall. From there, a series of wooden steps take you to several landings before coming out on the bottom. It’s about two hours from Quimby Country, but can be combined with a hike up Mount Magalloway.

Beaver Brook Falls, Colebrook, NH

On Route 145 in Colebrook, Beaver Brook Falls is clearly visible from the road and seems to pop up out of nowhere. The 30 feet you see from the road is less than half the waterfall’s total 80-foot drop. A relatively easy trail takes hikers to the top. There’s a picnic area below.

Table Rock in Dixville Notch, NH

Table Rock is the scariest, most spectacular overlook of any New Hampshire notch. The trailhead is on the south side of Rt. 26 at the western end of Dixville Notch. The hike up is 2 miles long and quite steep in places.  Table Rock, which extends 100 feet beyond the face of the cliff, is an 800-foot column of rock, 20 feet across at the widest end and about four feet wide at the tip. Not for anyone afraid of heights.

Freedom Trail, Clarksville, NH

The Freedom Trail is suitable for people with limited mobility, including those pushing baby strollers. Just a mile long, it crosses wooded land with several loops which vary from easy to intermediate grades.  It’s located off Route 145 in Clarksville, on the Bressette Road (just past Chappell Salvage) near Ben Young Hill. For other hikes in the Great North Woods see the Chamber of the North Country.

Mount Pinacle (Sentiers des Moulins), Baldwin, Quebec

Mount Pinacle (2,215 feet high) is just half an hour from Quimby Country in Baldwin, a small village in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Park your car in the village lot in Baldwin, where you can then take a short walk to the Mount Pinacle trail which offers a spectacular view. Again, not for anyone afraid of heights, as Pinacle offers a stunning cliff wall.

Parc De La Gorge de Coaticook

This park features North America’s longest suspended footbridge. That it hangs over a 554-foot deep gorge makes the 40-minute drive from Quimby Country totally worth it. The park also has trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Gorge is located on your right as you are driving north out of the Coaticook city center on Route 147. When you leave the park, consider stopping at one of two places just a bit further up the road — Laiterie de Coaticook (Coaticook Creamery) turns milk from the surrounding farms into delicious ice cream; across the street, a new microbrewery (Microbrasserie, Coaticook), serves good food as well. Try the poutine, a French-Canadian favorite.

Loon Trail, Maidstone State Forest 

An easy one-hour drive from Quimby Country, Maidstone State Forest has three main trails which run through lush woods and along the lake shores. All travel through smooth terrain and take less than one hour to walk. The Loon Trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length and goes through lush, mossy woods along the shoreline to the south end of the lake, a wonderful spot to view loons. A perfect hike with kids. (About an hour from Quimby Country through beautiful scenery and charming towns.)

Nulhegan River Trails

The Nulhegan River, reputedly Vermont’s wildest, runs all the way from the Canadian border to the Connecticut River, through some of the most rugged forests of the state.  The Nulhegan Basin consists of more than 26,600 acres of conifer and deciduous forest interspersed with forested wetlands, peatlands and shrub swamps that span the towns of Brunswick, Ferdinand, Bloomfield, and Lewis. The basin is nested within a working forest landscape exceeding 150,000 acres . A 1-mile interpretive loop starts at the visitor center in Brunswick, VT, (about 10 miles east of Island Pond).. This is a rustic trail with stone steps and “bog” bridges. It’s an easy walk, suitable for children.  The North Branch Trail, accessible from a parking area on Vermont Route 105,  is a slightly more challenging  4-mile loop bordering the North Branch of the Nulhegan River. (About an hour from Quimby Country through beautiful scenery and charming towns.)
Hiking Trails at Quimby Country in Vermont

Quimby Country Hiking Map

Hiking Trails at Quimby Country in Vermont

View From Brousseau Mountain

Burke Mountain Vermont

Burke Mountain