When you have hiked a certain area so much it can be hard to find new hiking trails. This is when I turn to my hiking community to look for new ideas. A good friend and I are constantly brain storming ideas of where to do the next group hike. This past weekend’s group hike was thanks my good friend and hiking group member, Molly.
I have recently learned that Antrim has multiple hiking trails. I am excited to explore some new trails in this area. For my last Hike Like a Woman Monadnock Group Hike we had a wonderful experience at Loverens Mills Cedar Swamp trails. Fun fact: "Atlantic white cedar swamps are rare in New Hampshire, comprising only about one percent of the state’s wetlands. Loverens Mills Cedar Swamp is the second largest and considered the highest quality boreal cedar swamp in New Hampshire." Courtesy of the Nature Conservancy Website.
We did the Lovererns Mills Loop trail and a side trail to the look out. We did not do the Cedar Swamp Boardwalk because I was worried the boardwalk would be too icy and I wanted to go back in the spring or summer when it is supposedly covered in moss and a magical experience. Update: I have gone back a couple times in the spring summer and it truly is a magical place. My daughter describes it as a place that fairies live.
From the parking lot we walked up and old road along an old mill and dam site With the recent rains and snow melt the river was rushing provided a relaxing sound and a beautiful sight.
After walking a few hundred feet the trail starts to the right. The trail was fairly easy to follow due to the trail markers. Not far down the trail is the side trail on a boardwalk through the cedar swamp. It is a short walk.
Back on the main trail it is fairly flat with some gradual up and downs. You come to a Y in the trail where you can go right or left. I’ve gone both ways and do not have a preference as it is a loop. The trail goes along the river for a few minutes giving you the opportunity to enjoy the water.
The Lookout Point overlooks the rivers and local ridgelines .
The total hike was about 3.5 miles and took the group about 2 hours. Due to the length and various up and downs of the trail. I would recommend this trail to older kids and people who have some hiking experience. It is great for hiking or snowshoeing.