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This is a loop, made up of the Ruth Walter Trail and the Newton Trail.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

95%

Runnable

800' 244 m

High

724' 221 m

Low

158' 48 m

Up

156' 48 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Historical Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

The parking area is small.

Overview

This is a short, easy run that goes up to Rainbow Falls.

Need to Know

There isn't a fee for parking, but the parking area is limited to only a few cars at a time.

Description

This trail starts off Cummings Hill Road and heads westward, following the Ruth Walter Trail. It travels along the southern edge of the marsh as it makes it way to the falls. It reaches a nice little cove below Rainbow Falls, where there's a few benches. The trail continues (over a small footbridge) and follows the Newton Trail. It passes by a few viewpoints, overlooking the marsh. The trail hugs the northern edge of the marsh as it makes it way to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Flora: Alders, Blue-Bead Lily, Starflower, Fringed Polygala, Bugle, Dandelions, Dewberries, Honeysuckle.
Fauna: Chipmunks, Mosquitoes, Flies, Swallowtail Butterfly, Bumblebees.

History & Background

This trail passes by Old Stagecoach Road, which (as the name suggests) was probably an old road.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Smith

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in Lakes Region

#4516

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#2

in Lakes Region

#53

in New Hampshire

#4,516

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Rainbow Falls in the Walter - Newton Natural Area.
May 28, 2022 near Plymouth, NH
Fly on Clintonia borealis.
May 28, 2022 near Plymouth, NH
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans).
May 28, 2022 near Plymouth, NH

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