Last winter my hiking group, Hike Like a Woman Monadnock, did a loop around Loverens Mills Trail in Antrim. A little over half mile from the start of the hiking trail is a side trail, Cedar Swamp Boardwalk. I did not explore it during my winter hike as I knew it could be icy and wanted to save it for summer time, to enjoy the lush greenery.
Recently my daughter and I were hiking with friends thru McCabe Forest. Since were were close by I wanted to take the opportunity to check out the boardwalk. The parking lot is located off of Route 9 on Loverens Mill Road in Antrim. The parking lot is across the bridge on the right. The trailhead is across the street from the parking lot. You follow the river up past an old dam, this is a great spot on the way back to stop for a small break. If there is enough water, there is a small waterfall over the old dam.
As you walk past the old dam a few hundred feet the trail entrance for the Loverens Mill Trail is on your right. Walk less than a quarter of a mile and on the right is the trail entrance to the Cedar Swamp Boardwalk. There is a trail sign on your left. The boardwalk is starting to need some repairs as I found some of the boards were broken so use caution when walking through it
This place is magical. The boardwalk is not very long, but the bright green moss and cedar trees are beautiful and worth the visit if you are in the area. There is a sense of peacefulness when walking through here. My daughter thought that fairy's lived there. Click here to read more about Loverens Mills and the Cedar Swamp Boardwalk. There are no pets allowed.
Round trip was a little over a mile, but there is any option to do the 3 miles loop, which is a very nice hike as well. The mile hike is great for young children and shows them the magic the forest can offer.