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Local Natural Wonders - Day 49

Day 49

Local Natural Wonders - Day 49 - Basin-Cascades Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire

Right in the heart of the White Mountains, this trail offers several interesting geologic formations and beautiful waterfalls. With plenty of scenic spots to stop for a picnic or dip your feet in a cold mountain stream, this is an excellent hike for all ages.


From NH Family Hikes:


From the parking area, walk down the paved walkways into the Basin. Cross the bridge over the river, passing a powerful cascade. Follow…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 48

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Local Natural Wonders Day 48 - Dodge Point In Newcastle, Maine

Dodge Point offers over 500 acres and 8,000 feet of frontage along the Damariscotta River with several trails, three secluded small beaches and many species of plants and animals. Choose from four different trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate and 0.8 to 2 miles and enjoy the red pines and coastal vistas on your hike.

At one time this land was a tree farm. The State of Maine purchased it in 1989, with help and fundin…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 47

Day 47

Local Natural Wonders - Day 47 - Pott’s Point Preserve in Harpswell, Maine

If you love exploring the ocean shoreline, this tiny preserve has just about everything you could want. There are extensive tide pools to explore, a gravel beach and dramatic views of Casco Bay. Tide pools along the shoreline teem with life. You might be able to spot barnacles, oysters, crabs, shrimp, periwinkles, hermit crabs, star fish, sea urchins and the occasional lobster or squid. All live in these small pools, sur…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 46

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Local Natural Wonders Day 46 - Ovens Mouth Preserve in Edgecomb, ME

This 146-acre preserve is bordered by tidal waters, salt marsh, and coves and offers over 5 miles of various level hiking trails on two peninsulas, connected by a 93-foot footbridge. “Ice House Cove” is located on the Boothbay side of the preserve. In 1880 the demand for ice was growing, and so this cove was damned to form a fresh water pond. An ice house was built and ice was shipped to Boston and New York by schooner. Today, …

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 45

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 45 Hedgehog Mountain in Freeport, Maine

Hedgehog Mountain offers five miles of trails and 196 acres with a 2.8 mile loop trail to the summit in Freeport, Maine. Owned by the Town of Freeport, this little mountain is perfect for hiking with children, mountain biking, trail running, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The summit provides a narrow view of Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson, as well as local mountains, Pleasant and Bradbury. Dogs are welcome here but mus…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 44

Day 44

Local Natural Wonders - Day 44 - Camden Hills State Park in Camden, Maine

Camden Hills State Park is a 5,710-acre public recreation area overlooking Penobscot Bay in the town of Camden, Knox County, Maine. The state park features multi-use trails to Mount Battie, Mount Megunticook, and other scenic locales. The park is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Best known for the scenic vista high atop Mt. Battie with its sweeping views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, …

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 43

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Local Natural Wonders Day 43 - Lily Bay State Park in Greenville, Maine

Lily Bay State Park is located on the northeast shore of Moosehead Lake, with gorgeous views of Moose Mountain, access to Kokadjo and nearby hiking, and paddling to Sugar Island. There is a flat two-mile trail that follows along the shoreline from the beach to Rowell Cove campground that offers scenic views of Moosehead Lake. Amenities include a swim beach, playground, two trailerable boat ramps with boat slips. Camping is …

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 42

Day 42

Local Natural Wonders - Day 42 - Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff in Franconia, NH

This beautiful hike is in the heart of Fanconia Notch in New Hampshire. It is short, but steep at times, and opens to a spectacular view of Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain and Echo lake. This is the perfect hike to find incredible views of the park and some amazing foliage in autumn. 

From The Outdoor Project:

There are a few options for hiking here, including an out-and-back hike to either Artists B…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 41

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Local Natural Wonders Day 41 - Pawtuckaway State Park near Raymond, NH

Pawtuckaway State Park is in the Secoast Region of New Hampshire and is the perfect place to spend a day, a couple nights or a week for a perfect outdoor adventure. Camping, hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, picnicking, and exploring are among the many activities visitors enjoy at this park. Take a hike to the 1915 fire tower atop South Mountain or spend time at the sandy beach on Pawtuckaway L…

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Local Natural Wonders - Day 40

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Local Natural Wonders Day 40 - Pismire Bluff Trail in Raymond, Maine

Pismire Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back, moderately rated trail. Perfect for families and dogs, this short hike offers a steady incline and lovely views of Crescent Lake and Mount Washington. This trail is part of the Raymond Community Forest, and other trails are also available (see the trail map below).

From Loon Echo Land Trust: Raymond Community Forest is a 356 acre permanently conserved preserve…

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