This map is brought to you by the Mahoosuc Initiative, in collaboration with Umbagog Area, Androscoggin Valley, and Bethel Area Chambers of Commerce. The Mahoosuc Initiative helps Mahoosuc Region communities build vibrant local economies, conserve and encourage sound management of the region’s natural resources, and promote healthy communities connected to the land.

Members of the Mahoosuc Initiative are:
Androscoggin River Watershed Council, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, The Conservation Fund, Forest Society of Maine, Mahoosuc Land Trust, Mahoosuc Pathways, Northern Forest Center, Shelburne Trails Club, The Wilderness Society, Tri-County Community Action Programs, Trust for Public Land
 
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Androscoggin River Trail
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Errol, NH through Hanover, ME. www.mahoosuc.org/landings.html and www.androscogginrivertrail.net.
The Androscoggin Canoe Trail was created in 2001 with the goal of providing better access to the Androscoggin River. The trail is a collaborative effort of the Mahoosuc Land Trust, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program, the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, the towns of Shelburne, Gilead, Bethel, Newry, Hanover, and Rumford, and the Maine Department of Conservation. Public boat launches are available in Shelburne (near village center, north side of the river at the Meadow Road Bridge, launch and parking on west side of Meadow Rd.); Gilead (across from the Forest Service Picnic Area on Rt. 2, follow Bridge Street to the river, privately owned with public access allowed); Newt's Landing (off Rt. 2 in West Bethel, follow Ferry Rd. to the river, access via a set of log stairs, owned by Mahoosuc Land Trust); at Davis Park in Bethel; Moran's Landing in Hanover (accessed from Rt. 2 just east of the junction with Rt. 26, marked by a canoe trail sign, owned by Mahoosuc Land Trust); Hanover (off Ferry Road behind the town office building on town land). Upstream, boat launches are available at Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Umbagog Lake State Park, Mollidgewock State Park, Androscoggin Wayside, Bofinger Conservation Area, Nansen Wayside.
 
Androscoggin Wayside Park
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Rt. 16 south of Errol, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/androscoggin-wayside-park.aspx.
Within the Thirteen Mile Woods scenic area, this is a fine spot for picnicking and fishing, and a favorite with canoeists.
An interpretive sign offers information about the area. Unstaffed but open year-round.


Appalachian National Scenic Trail
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Shelburne, Riley, Grafton, Andover West and North Surplus, 304-535-6331 and www.appalachiantrail.org (Appalachian Trail Conservancy), www.nps.gov/appa (National Park Service).
The renowned 2,175-mile AT stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. For a short hike on the AT, start from the Rattle River Trailhead on Rt. 2 just east of North Rd. The parking lot is well marked and hikers can enjoy a moderate 1.7 mile hike south, gaining 500’ elevation, to the Rattle River Shelter, enjoying many views of the cascading Rattle River along the way. 2-1/2 hours roundtrip. (See Lead Mine, Grafton Loop and Dunn Falls entries for other opportunities to try out the trail.)
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ATV Trails
Trails in several locations are established for ATV use. Visit one of the shops that rent ATVs (look for the ATV icon on the map and see Outdoor Equipment Sales and Rentals) for a map and up-to-date advice about routes.

Bethel Pathway
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Bethel, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/bethel-pathway.
The 1.5-mile Bethel Pathway connects several public facilities and businesses in the village, including the skate park, playground, picnic area, and a boat launch site on the Androscoggin River Trail. This trail is handicapped accessible, has parking in several places,  and may be used summer and winter. This pathway was created by the Mahoosuc Land Trust  and the Town of Bethel.

Bill Hastings Memorial Forest Trail
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Shelburne, north side of Rt. 2 at the NH/ME state line
The 20-acre Bill Hastings Memorial Forest offers an easy 1/2 mile walk through silver maple floodplain forest to a rustic bench at the scenic Androscoggin River.  The trail continues west and loops back to Rt 2.  Park along the gravel road on the south side of Rt 2 across from the trailhead and forest sign.

Bucks and Lapham Ledges
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Woodstock, Rt. 26 south of Bethel,  http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/buck-s-and-lapham-ledges
Two short, pleasant trails that lead to ledges with views of the surrounding foothills, lakes and ponds. The trails can be combined into a loop for a longer hike. 2.1 miles.helburne, north side of Rt. 2 at the NH/ME state line
The 20-acre Bill Hastings Memorial Forest offers an easy 1/2 mile walk through silver maple floodplain forest to a rustic bench at the scenic Androscoggin River.  The trail continues west and loops back to Rt 2.  Park along the gravel road on the south side of Rt 2 across from the trailhead and forest sign.

The Cataracts
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Andover, www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/cataracts-trail.
East B Hill Road to Andover offers a jaunt off the beaten track (watch for logging trucks) and provides access to two short hikes (see also Dunn Falls). A short 0.7-mile round-trip hike, part of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Mahoosuc Unit, leads to a falls where potholes have been worn in the bedrock by Frye Brook. Picnic tables and swimming holes. Parking either side of Frye Brook Bridge near Burroughs Brook Rd. (about 9 miles from Rt. 26 and 5 miles from Andover). The trail starts on the south side of the road.

Davis Park
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Bethel, www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/bethel-pathway.
Public park near Bethel Village, with playground, picnic area, skate park, boat launch, and access to the Bethel Pathway. Corner of Rt. 26 and Parkway, east of Bethel.

Dunn Falls
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Andover North Surplus. A two-mile roundtrip hike south along the AT leads to picturesque Dunn Falls on the west branch of the Ellis River. The trail crosses East B Hill Road about 6 miles east of the junction with Rt. 26, 8 miles west of Andover (look for AT sign). No parking available, so vehicles must be left at roadside.

Forest Service Picnic Area
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Rt. 2, Gilead. Picnic tables, restrooms. South side of Rt.2. Open seasonally.


Frenchman's Hole
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Riley (north of Newry), 207-778-8231, www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/db_search/index.html.
A favorite swimming hole with deep pools in the Bull Branch of Sunday River, part of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Mahoosuc Unit. Out Sunday River Rd., past Artist's Bridge 4.1 miles, left across Twin Bridges then immediate right on Bull Branch Rd., 0.6 miles to parking on left side. Road unplowed in winter.

Grafton Loop Trail
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Grafton (north of Newry), http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/grafton-loop-trail.
This rugged 39-mile backpacking loop connects with the Appalachian Trail at both ends. The full loop provides a 3-5 day semi-wilderness hiking experience across several mountain peaks. The trail was designed and built by a coalition of over 20 area organizations and businesses. The trail crosses Rt. 26 4.8 miles north of the junction with Rt. 2.

Grafton Notch Scenic Byway (Rt. 26)
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Newry, Grafton, Upton, www.exploremaine.org/byways/lakes-mtns/graftonnotch.shtml.
Rt. 26 from Newry to Lake Umbagog, along the Bear River and through Grafton Notch, is a Maine scenic byway. It offers spectacular views of the rugged Mahoosuc mountain range.

Grafton Notch State Park
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Grafton (between Upton and Newry), 207-824-2912 in-season; 207-624-6080 off-season http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/grafton-notch-state-park-moose-cave-mother-walker-falls-screw-auger-falls.
This park contains 3,112 acres of beautiful mountain terrain. Interpretive signs explain the glacial sculpting of Screw Auger Falls (deep, narrow gorge with potholes and wading – picnic and toilet facilities) and the formation of Mother Walker Falls (deep gorge with series of cascades, short walk from parking lot). A quarter-mile loop trail leads to Moose Cave, with its narrow gorge and lush lichens and mosses. Spruce Meadow picnic area at the north end of park has mountain views and a marshy area with abundant wildlife. For more ambitious hikers, Maine Trailfinder has maps and directions for longer hikes (http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/search-results?q=grafton+notch) or visit the Bethel Area Chamber office for paper maps. In the winter, a main artery snowmobile trail (ITS 82) traverses the park and is maintained by a local snowmobile club. Rt. 26 between Upton and Newry. Open May 15-Oct. 15.
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Jericho Mountain State Park
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West of Berlin on Rt. 110., 603-217-3556, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/jericho-mountain-state-park.aspx.
This 7,500 acre state park caters to off-road driving enthusiasts with about 75 miles of trails.  The park also offers a primitive campground with cabins and tent sites and a swimming beach and picnic area at Jericho Lake.  Trails for ATVs and snowmobiles connect to downtown Berlin and east to the Success Pond Rd.  The park is closed during mud season, mid-March through mid-May.
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Leadmine State Forest
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Shelburne, 603-271-2214
This 202-acre state forest was originally donated to the Appalachian Mountain Club and subsequently transferred to the state. Hikers seeking a view can access the AT/Centennial Trail from a parking area off Hogan Rd. approximately 0.2 miles from the junction with North Rd., just north of Leadmine Dam on the Androscoggin River. (Watch for logging trucks on Hogan Rd.) The trail ascends steeply with limited views of the Androscoggin River, crosses a brook at ¾ mile, then reaches the easterly summit of Mt. Hayes at 2.8 miles. 1,800 ft. gain in elevation, 5 hours roundtrip.

Maggie's Nature Park
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Greenwood, off Rt. 26 south of Bethel, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/maggie-s-nature-park.
A network of easy and moderate trails through a variety of forest types that provide several great views of the surrounding area from open ledges. 3.2 miles total.

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Mahoosuc Unit
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Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Riley, Grafton, Andover West Surplus, 207-778-8231, www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/db_search/index.html, www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mnap/reservesys/mahoosucs.htm.
The 27,000-acre Mahoosuc unit of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands extends on either side of Grafton Notch State Park. The unit includes the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological reserve which, like all state Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems.  Hikers access the unit from Rt. 26 and East B Hill Road between Upton and Andover, ME. See Grafton Loop, The Cataracts, Frenchman’s Hole, and Wright Trail for special places on the Unit. Above tree-line, camping and fires are allowed only at designated shelters; below tree-line visitors may camp but fires are not permitted.

Milan Hill State Park and Milan Hill Fire Tower
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Milan, 1-877-647-2757, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/milan-hill-state-park.aspx.
Hiking, picnicking, fishing, cross-country skiing, camping (including four yurts), access to nearby canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. Milan Hill fire tower, 45 feet high, was built in 1932 with cooperation from the Brown Company, and provides a view of mountain ranges in NH, ME, VT, and Canada. From Rt. 16 north of Berlin, turn west on Rt. 110B, then south at park entrance. Park closed summer, 2008 for renovations.

Mollidgewock State Park
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Errol, 1-877-647-2757, www.nhparks.state.nh.us/explore/state-parks/mollidgewock-state-park.aspx.
This park offers primitive camping (with water and pit toilets) along the banks of the Androscoggin River in the scenic Thirteen Mile Woods area. Fishing, boating and wildlife watching are popular activities. An interpretive sign offers information about the area. 47 tent sites and 5 remote water-access sites by reservation only. Wood and ice for sale and canoes for rent. Park entrance off Rt. 16 about 3 miles south of Errol and 28 miles north of Berlin. Open seasonally, staffed most of the summer.

Moose Brook State Park
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Gorham, 1-877-647-2757, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/moose-brook-state-park.aspx.
Unparalleled scenery and a variety of outdoor activities. Fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers, picnicking and swimming, trails to explore by foot or mountain bike. Off Rt. 2 west of Gorham. Day-use area open June 23-Sept. 3.

Moose Nature Trail
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Bethel, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/white-mountain-national-forest-moose-nature-trail.
A short loop through a stand of tall white pines behind the offices of Mahoosuc Land Trust. There are a few signs identifying trees. Perfect for small children. 0.2 miles.

Mount Christopher Trail
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Greenwood, Woodstock, south of Bethel off Rt. 26, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/mount-christopher.
A moderate loop hike to the summit ledges of Mount Christopher, which rises precipitously above Lake Christopher, with a striking view of the Lake from almost directly above it. 2.3 miles.

Mount Jasper Trail
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Berlin, end of Willard St.
A 2 mile loop hike takes you to scenic ledges overlooking Berlin.  The trail starts at the Berlin High School parking lot (near the track), follows the dirt road/ snowmobile trail on your right, and is marked with blue blazes.

Mount Washington Auto Road
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Rt. 16 Pinkham Notch (south of Gorham), 603-466-3988, www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.
Since 1861 this toll road has provided the means to drive to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. Guided tours available. 8 miles south of Gorham on Route 16. Open mid-May to mid-Oct.

Mount Will Trail
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Bethel, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/mount-will-trail.
The Mt Will Trail was developed by the Bethel Conservation Commission. 1,735 foot Mt. Will straddles the Bethel/Newry town line and provides nice views of the river valley and surrounding mountains. Trail starts on Rt. 2 opposite Bethel recycling station. The overall loop is 3-1/4 miles long, moderately strenuous with short steep sections, and requires about 2 hours walking time.  A shorter hike to the north ledges only, or to the south cliffs only, requires about 1-1/2 hours. 

Nansen Wayside
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Rt. 16, Berlin, 603-323-2087, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/nansen-wayside-park.aspx.
14 acre park on Rt. 16 in Milan along the shore of the Androscoggin River. Picnicking, fishing, boat launch, view of the Nansen Ski Jump.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
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Milan and Errol, 802-496-2285, www.northernforestcanoetrail.org.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail starts in Old Forge, New York and ends 740 rugged miles later in Fort Kent, Maine. The trail is based on historic travel routes and crosses all of the Northeast’s major watersheds. The Androscoggin River is part of the trail, from just north of Dummer to Lake Umbagog. Northern Forest Canoe Trail Map 7: Great North Woods, available by order from the website, covers the section from the Connecticut River to Umbagog Lake.
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Paul O. Bofinger Conservation Area
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Rt. 16 at Pontook Rapids, Dummer, 603-538-6707.
This rest area, at the south end of Pontook Reservoir, is a good place to picnic or put your canoe or kayak into the water.

Pontook Reservoir
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Dummer
Pontook Reservoir is a 280 acre impoundment on the Androscoggin River that was created when a dam was erected in 1877 to supply water for log drives. Over a century later, in 1987, the dam was rebuilt for hydroelectric power generation, and scheduled releases (http://www.h2oline.com/335127.asp) provide an opportunity to run sporty Pontook Rapids. Great spot for viewing bald eagles and osprey, roadside photo opportunities.

Presidential Recreational Rail Trail
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Gorham, 603-271-3254, www.nhstateparks.org/explore/bureau-of-trails/presidential-recreational-trail.aspx.
This 18 mile multi-use trail stretches from Gorham to Cherry Pond, in the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge in Whitefield, NH. Access to the eastern end of the trail is at Moose Brook Bridge at the old Boston & Maine railroad station on Rt. 2 about 0.9 miles west of the intersection with Rt. 16 in Gorham.  Permitted uses include hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Riverside Rest Area
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Bethel. Expansive picnic area on the banks of the Androscoggin River. Open seasonally.
 
Route 113 south to Evans Notch
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Gilead, www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain.
This winding road offers a scenic mountain drive with access to many trails in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve
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Rumford, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/rumford-whitecap-mountain-preserve.
Two moderate scenic trails on the Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve lead to the summit of this popular mountain. Excellent views in all directions and abundant blueberries in season. Travel north on Rt. 5 from Rt. 2 about 3 miles, turn right over the cement bridge onto Andover Road, proceed ¼ mile and take left onto East Andover Road.  Parking is another ¼ mile on the left, trailhead on the right.

Snowmobile Trails
An extensive network of trails provides winter access for snowmobile enthusiasts. Visit one of the shops that rent snowmobiles (see Outdoor Equipment Sales and Rentals) for a map and advice about routes.

Step Falls on Wight Brook
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Newry, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/maine/placesweprotect/step-falls-preserve.xml, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/step-falls-trail.
 This 24 acre preserve was acquired by the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy in 1962. An easy walk to the foot of Step Falls, or a longer moderate climb to the top, the trail ascends alongside Wight Brook, with is popular swimming holes and striking views of the Mahoosuc Mountains around Grafton Notch. Rt. 26 about 8 miles from Rt. 2 junction, 10 miles from NH border. Park in the field near Wight Brook; foot traffic only – no pets please.

Stewart Family Preserve / Puzzle Mountain
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Newry, http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/puzzle-mountain-and-woodsum-spur.
A section of the Grafton Loop Trail ascends to Puzzle Mountain and the Preserve from Rt. 26.  It is a popular day hike.  A rigorous but exceptional option is to loop around the open ridges on the unique Woodsum Spur Trail before descending. The 500-acre Stewart Family Preserve on Puzzle Mountain is owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The property supports old growth stands, ledge outcroppings, and views of Grafton Notch.

Thirteen Mile Woods Scenic Area and Town Forest
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Rt. 16, Errol, 603-482-9815.
The Thirteen Mile Woods is a protected scenic area along Rt. 16 and the Androscoggin River south of Errol. The land is now a Town Forest managed by the Thirteen Mile Woods Association for timber, recreation and scenic values. Walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing are allowed, with public access along logging roads and snowmobile trails. No camping or ATV use.

Umbagog Lake State Park
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Cambridge (east of Errol), 1-877-647-2757, www.nhparks.state.nh.us/explore/state-parks/umbagog-lake-state-park.aspx.
The park includes a campground with 35 sites (electrical and water hook-ups, three cabins) and 34 remote campsites around Umbagog Lake accessible by boat. Beach area for swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and boating. Canoe, kayak, rowboat, and motor boat rentals, boat launch, fuel, camp store. South end of Umbagog Lake on Rt. 26, 7 miles east of the junction with Rt. 16, near the Maine border. Open seasonally, staffed most of the time in summer. A boat launch on Rt. 26, just west of the State Park campground, provides easy access to Lake Umbagog.

Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
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Errol, Cambridge, Upton, 603-482-3415, www.fws.gov/northeast/lakeumbagog.
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 to conserve and manage high quality wetland and upland habitats integral to the success of migratory birds, species of conservation concern, and rare plant communities. The refuge includes one of the largest inland freshwater wetland complexes in northern New England.  Popular activities include birding, wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating and snowmobiling. Bald eagles and common loons are frequently seen on and around the area’s lakes and rivers. Moose, merlin, goldeneye, ring-necked ducks, and a vast variety of birds frequent the refuge.  Gray jays, spruce grouse,black-backed woodpeckers,  rusty blackbirds, and boreal chickadees can be seen in softwood forests. The Magalloway River Trail, is a 1.3 mile long trail with a 1/3 mile long handicap accessible trail leading to an observation platform on the river, where you might see osprey, waterfowl, and moose. The trailhead is 1.5 miles north of refuge headquarters on the east (river) side of Rt. 16. There is hiking available on old unmapped logging roads, and a few snowmobile routes cross the refuge, but the best way to see the refuge is by boat. A cartop boat launch to access the Magalloway River is located in Wentworth Location across from the Mount Dustin store (north from refuge headquarters on Rt. 16). Boaters can also use the ramp at the refuge headquarters or the Steamer Diamond boat launch located 1.5 miles north of Errol on the east side of the road. Floating Island National Natural Landmark, designated in 1972, is a floating bog mat more commonly known as Harper's Meadow, located near the junction of Umbagog Lake, the Androscoggin River and the Magalloway River.  Refuge headquarters, at 2756 Dam Road (Rt. 16), 5.5 miles north of Errol on the bank of the Magalloway River, is open most weekdays.
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White Mountain National Forest
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Milan, Berlin, Gorham, Shelburne, Gilead, Bethel, 603-466-2713 or 207-824-2134,
www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain.
Established in 1918, the White Mountain National Forest is one of the most widely visited recreation sites in the eastern U.S. It contains nearly 800,000 acres of land with 1,200 miles of hiking trails, 400 miles of snowmobile trails, 23 campgrounds, 6 wilderness areas, backcountry shelters, alpine ski areas, and scenic highways. The Forest contains habitat for a variety of wildlife, eight square miles of alpine terrain, the highest peak in the East north of the Smokey Mountains, and the headwaters of many rivers. The Forest provides wood for the region’s lumber, paper and biomass energy industries, sap for maple syrup production, and firewood to warm North Country homes. Users of the Forest who park in designated sites must purchase a recreation pass (available at Androscoggin ranger station, Rt. 16 2.5 miles south of Rt. 2 intersection, or at Gorham Hardware and Sports Center or Pleasant River Campground in Bethel).


Wright Trail
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Riley (north of Newry), http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/wright-trail.
Follow scenic Goose Eye Brook through the Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve to the barren summit of Goose Eye Mountain with breathtaking views. Follow directions to Frenchman's Hole and drive a bit further to the trailhead on the left, parking on the right. Allow all day for this challenging 9.6 mile hike.

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