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Around the Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 200' 61 m
Descent: -203' -62 m
High: 517' 158 m
Low: 455' 139 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by David Smith

A 2 mile loop that circumnavigates the lake.

David Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

The park is closed from October 10 - May 20, but winter activities are still permitted.

Runner Notes

The trail corridor is very narrow, so be alert and announce your presence when approaching pedestrians from the rear. Slow down and give them ample time to move to the side.

Description

This description is for running the loop in the clockwise direction. Starting from the south end of the beach, the trail skirts around the south edge of the lake. In a short distance, there is a small footbridge at a lake access road (listed on the Black Spruce Bogs Natural Area Map as Fishermen's Road).

Take a slight left up the road (maybe 10 yds?), then an immediate right into the woods. In about 0.4 miles from Fishermen's Road, Pitch Pine Trail starts on the left. Pitch Pine Trail (south) is a small horseshoe-shaped trail that gives access to the Black Spruce Bogs Natural Area. At the northwest corner of the Around the Lake Trail, Pitch Pine Trail (north) is on the left.

This next stretch to the beach is a little difficult to follow because of all the herd paths. This section is often wet and muddy. The bog bridges on this side of the lake were put in by the Students Conservation Association (SCA) in 2015. For a complete loop, you can either run along the beach to the trail's start or run the sidewalk path. For more information, you can visitnhstateparks.org.

Flora & Fauna

Wintergreen, White pine, azalea, huckleberries, blueberries, large cranberry, and beech all grow here. You may also find bluejays, chickadees, and loons.

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