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New Hampshire

Biking in Mount Washington Valley

Mountain biking in Mt. Washington Valley is relatively unrestricted and depends upon rider's cooperation and consideration to remain that way. The Forest Service asks that you follow the following guidelines when you bike in the White Mountains. Seek alternative routes for trails that are heavily hiked Be considerate of hikers and pedestrians. Avoid riding on muddy trails or after a heavy rain Stay on designated trails to prevent damage to vegetation and minimize soil erosion. Cycling is prohibited on the Appalachian Trail and in designated wilderness area: (Caribou-Speckled Mtn., Great Gulf, Pemigewesset, Presidential/Dry River and Sandwich Range.)

Great bike routes to consider:
Whittaker Woods:
A town owned conservation area in the heart of North Conway and popular with hikers, mountain bikers and runners. Moderate terrain, easily accessible. Directions: Access from the parking lot opposite the power station on Kearsarge Rd or from the end of Oak Street near the John Fuller School.

Rob Brook Road: A trail used by hikers and bikers alike. Some good loops, relatively easy terrain with some intermediate and challenging terrain. Directions: From Conway, go 9 miles east on the Kancamagus Hwy. Turn right onto Bear Notch Rd. Rob Brook Rd is 0.8 miles on the left.

Conway Town Trail: Marked with yellow markers, this is a designated recreation trail for mountain biking and hiking. It runs for about 4 miles along the river. Directions: From the East Conway Road, off Route 302 in Redstone, turn right immediately after Conway Police Station onto Meeting House Hill Rd. The trail begins near the parking lot by the old bridge abutments.

Sawyer River Rd. Area: Somewhat of a back-country route and not an established bike trail, you can explore other easy and more challenging routes off this 4 mile gravel road. Directions: Sawyer River Rd is left off Rt 302 about 2 miles west of Bartlett Village.

Cherry Mountain Road: This route is definitely worth the trip through scenic Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods where Cherry Road begins. You’ll want to be in good shape for this ride. If you make the entire loop over Dherry Mountain and Jefferson Notch, you’ll ride about 27 miles over terrain that includes some long and steep climbs. Or, if you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, you can just explore Cherry Mountain Road, a good gravel road with nice views. Directions: Park at Lower Falls, about a half mile west of Fabyans Store on Route 302 in Bretton Woods. Cherry Mountain Road goes north from there.

Whittaker Woods: A town owned conservation area in the heart of North Conway and popular with hikers, mountain bikers and runners. Moderate terrain, easily accessible. Directions: Access from the parking lot opposite the power station on Kearsarge Rd. or from the end of Oak Street near the John Fuller School.

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