Follow the sign a short distance to the pool, retracing your steps to exit. Camping is available at Cold River Campground near The Basin, and the AMC runs a delightful family hiking camp in the area called. Note: The bridge was closed on our drive, so we had to take a detour. From North Chatham, NH, take route 113 N/Main Rd. Thank you to those who said get there early, which we did. moderate (on a hot day) to easy, short hike with a well worth it watering hole at the end! Some may need bug spray as well, we didn’t but there are a few bugs. The swimming hole got really crowded with people walking between us with no masks, so that weirded out my kids. The road divides in two; go right. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Was a perfect way to spend a summer day! Getting down to the waterfall is very steep and the horse flies are everywhere. The Blueberry Mountain--Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite day trips in all of New England. Not the best place to beat the heat at the moment if you’re worried about COVID but very refreshing if you’re safe about it! Blueberries are at the end of their season. The loop hike up Blueberry Mountain (in Evans Notch on the Maine-New Hampshire border) and down to Rattlesnake Pool is my top choice of hikes to revisit every year. This starts out feeling like you were on Little House on the Prairie and then ends up at a beautiful waterhole. Rattlesnake Pool While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. QUICK TRAIL FACTSPreserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain National Forest (ME and NH)Trail Mileage: 3.6-mile loop (with spurs)Pets: yesDifficulty: moderateSights: views, Rattlesnake Pool, open summit (1,781 ft.) Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. This modest-sized pool … Multiple good hikes, none of which is too brutal. Easy hike :) Beautiful swimming hole! We had a great time hiking out to this little pool! The pool is a bowl cut in granite over millenia of water churning stones and pebbles. Chatham - New Hampshire. Back on the western side of Stone House property I started my climb up Stone House Trail. The trail wasn't marked, however due to another comment left below we were able to find it! Beautiful. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). The first half of the trail is easy dirt trail which passes a field of wildflowers and views of the mountains (this stretch is in the sun). Rattlesnake Pool and Blueberry Mountain near Stow are a quintessential hike-and-swim Maine adventure. For a great mountain drive back to North Conway, take the Hurricane Mountain Road, a narrow and twisting notch road that brings you up and over into Intervale, NH. Great summit views. This was a great hike. The second was a deep emerald pool … The hike wasn't bad either. Rocks line the edge of the pool and there are good jumping options for all abilities. Turn left and proceed up the White Cairn Trail, which will go through a small clearing, then climbs steeply up the ridge, over massive rock staircases and ledges with views to the south. very disrespectful. Ideas and advice on getting your family outside is on its way to your inbox. Short detour if you’re a bit scatterbrained like me. Rattlesnake Pool on White Cairn Trail. Tucked away in a little-visited high mountain valley on the Maine-New Hampshire border, Evans Notch is an outdoor paradise, with many great options for families with kids. Continue on down the Stone House Trail to Shell Pond Rd, and turn right for 0.5 miles to complete the loop back to the parking area at the gate. The gorge is also quite spectacular! trails were not marked. M ost Maine summer days are pleasant perfection, all bright blue skies with cool coastal breezes. You will want to do this loop hike in a counter-clockwise direction (Shell Pond Rd to White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail to Stone House Trail to Shell Pond Rd). Anyhow, back to Rattlesnake pool. The loop part of the trail was definitely worth the steep hike up! Rattlesnake Pool is a 3.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fryeburg, Maine that features a river and is good for all skill levels. From North Chatham, NH, take route 113 N/Main Rd. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. The ride to the trailhead is all the more fun when we stop to pick up trail snacks at Jockey Cap Country Store in Fryeburg. And to top it off, on the hike back to the trailhead, there is a short side trail to Rattlesnake Pool; one of the most idyllic, clear, and alluring swimming holes we have ever found. We went up White Cairn trail to take the steepest way up and gradual way down and were not disappointed. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. water was freezing, but so refreshing. July 1, 2015. To get there, taking Route 113 and when you’re in town, head towards Stone House Road which becomes Shell Pond Road. Kids Outdoors. From the small parking area at the gate on Shell Pond Rd, proceed on the dirt road for 0.3 miles to the marked trailhead on the left for the White Cairn Trail. This is Shell Pond Rd., but there was no sign, and it is just a one lane dirt road. The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well. Good lake swimming is available at The Basin, a day-use recreation area on the National Forest, about a mile north of Shell Pond Rd. Visualize a lagoon-like pool with a romantic spirit and you will picture something similar to Rattlesnake Pool. The best way to enjoy it is by taking a hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain before ending with a refreshing, celebratory dip in the emerald green waters. Located at Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch, Rattlesnake Pool is a scenic swimming hole that can be reached by a short, enjoyable hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The water is absolutely freezing. Rattlesnake Pool, a frigid but invigorating dip at the end of the Blueberry Mountain hike. Rattlesnake Pool Follow the sign a short distance to the pool, retracing your steps to exit. The turquoise waters of Rattlesnake Pool. Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Evans Notch, White Mountains The emerald-colored water of Rattlesnake Pool is mesmerizing. White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail: This 3.9 mile loop trail has a little bit of everything—from a start in the woods, to a short but steep climb, to ridgetop views, picnic spots, and blueberry … Camping is available at Cold River Campground near The Basin, and the AMC runs a delightful family hiking camp in the area called Cold River Camp. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. On a hot day, this place is heaven. This becomes Shell Pond Road. The Stow Corner Store, about 5 miles south of Shell Pond Rd on NH 113 (actually just over the border in ME), is a quintessential country store with hand-scooped ice cream, homemade soups and sandwiches, fresh-baked pizza and famous baked goods. Rattlesnake Pool. Purple trails, East Royce. muddy trails. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. The mountain offers a moderate challenge and a wonderful, slightly off-the-beaten-path swimming spot that is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. At 1.4 miles you will hit the Blueberry Ridge Trail--leave plenty of time to pick blueberries when they are in season from June through August. a few couples were smoking MJ. The waterfall and gorge are beautiful. The best place to start your hike is from Route 113 near Gilead, head towards Stone House Road. The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. The going will be slow with small kids, but they can have fun climbing the big rock staircases, which with a little positive spin can be presented as a giant jungle gym! Once on the trail, markers will guide you to a small footbridge where you can view a portion of the gorge. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. If you like your outdoor endeavors with a bit of a payoff, make your way to Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch for an easy hike that ends with a dip in Rattlesnake Pool. Went after a rain shower, so it was a little muddy. Blueberry Mountain is one of my family’s favorite places to hike. The 3.9 mile loop has a little bit of everything--giving it the variety and excitement needed to keep young children engaged in the trip! The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Might try this again when we are in better shape. I recommend wearing trainers or hiking books with good ankle support. The water is clear/emerald and cold. From mountain tops to ocean skerries, these low bush berries are always a treat to snack on! and take a right onto Stonehouse road. Great day for an easy hike. The loop hike up Blueberry Mountain (in Evans Notch on the Maine-New Hampshire border) and down to Rattlesnake Pool is my top choice of hikes to revisit every year. July 1, 2015. To get to Hurricane Mountain Road, follow 113 south from the Stow Store, then turn right on South Chatham Rd, then left onto Green Hill Rd, then right onto Hurricane Mountain Rd. Blueberry Mountain in the Evans Notch area is a moderate hike that features fine views to the South. Water was beautiful. We got there around 9 am and by 12 there were quite a few people there with kids. This easy hike leads you to a small swimming pool. a few smoking cigarettes around lots of children. Maine is truly blessed to have such a treasure. White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail: This 3.9 mile loop trail has a little bit of everything—from a start in the woods, to a short but steep climb, to ridgetop views, picnic spots, and blueberry … The Blueberry Mountain--Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite day trips in all of New England. If you’re going down that direction, make a sharp left through the field on the trail past the house at the end of the airstrip. Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary. The water flowing into the pool is clear and cold. And as any parent knows, nothing puts a spring in the step of a 8 year old more than the thought of swimming ahead! You'll want to access Stone House Trail via Shell Pond Road near the town of Gilead. Rattlesnake pool at the base of Blueberry Mountain is a highlight and close to parking (less than 1/2 mile or so). Black Point Road and Eastern Road, Scarborough. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). This will put the swimming hole near the end of your trip when you are hot and sweaty and need a good break. East and West Royce Mountain via Royce Trail, Evans Notch - Blueberry Mountain Loop Trail, Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain, Shell Pond Loop from Evergreen Valley Road [PRIVATE PROPERTY]. To get to Rattlesnake Pool, visit Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch. Great area just north of Fryeburg, Maine. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. A full afternoon could easily be spent lazing by the side of this emerald green shady pool with good jumping rocks for all ages. Once we had a quick snack at the top, we took the Stone House Trail down, making two scenic (and well worth it!) You’ll want to start your journey in the town of Gilead. Easy hike, types rattlesnake pool into gps & bright me straight to trail head. It can be hiked by itself - via either the Blueberry Ridge Trail (from Brickett Place), or the Stone House - White Cairn Loop. Near the top of the ridge there are some ledges that make for great picnic spots. A steep rocky approach leads to a 10 foot deep, turquoise blue, crystal clear pool. otherwise it was wonderful! Blueberry Mountain, trail etiquette, and hiking with young children Posted on September 14, 2016 September 14, 2016 by Ashley Case [Insert a few pictures – try to find a picture of Rattlesnake pool and ask permission to use or go back and take another] Tons of people headed out while we headed in at about 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Definitely take the loop to the summit/viewpoint. Purple trails, East Royce. Go early & bring swim gear. Fans of wild Maine blueberries or people who are searching for great swimming holes will love the hike up Blueberry Mountain and the quick side trail over to Rattlesnake Pool. It was a really fun hike." … May 31, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? Kids Outdoors. and take a right onto Stonehouse road. (Portland Phoenix/Shannon Bryan) advertisement. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Well-marked trail with beautiful, small water fall into an emerald green pool. ... Winter farming in Maine - Duration: 3:13. stops at Rattlesnake Pool, and the Gorge; both were impressive. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Only regret; wish we would have hiked it on a hot summer day.. The best way to enjoy it is by taking a hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain before ending with a refreshing, celebratory dip in the emerald green waters. Got back to our car at noon & met at least 50 people on way out. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. "My friend Nora and I took Kali and Brooklyn up the Blueberry Mountain loop in Maine to the ledges, summit and then down to Rattlesnake Pool today. While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. As the name implies, there are wild blueberry bushes on the top of the mountain. Great swimming hole just wish it was less busy at the time. Great short hike to do with kids with an interesting flume and swimming hole. Definitely recommend getting there early to mid morning to avoid crowds. The drawing feature of the pool is the exceptionally clean, teal-green colored water and the moss-surrounded horsetail that feeds the pool. Good lake swimming is available at The Basin, a day-use recreation area on the National Forest, about a mile north of Shell Pond Rd. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. The Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite family trips in all of New England. The pup and I much recommend this one! Access is very easy. Multiple other hikes like The Basin (a little more challenging) and Lord Hill (shorter, more easily accessible). Rattlesnake Pool, a frigid but invigorating dip at the end of the Blueberry Mountain hike. there were lots of people. Just watch out for that if you don't like crowds! Well marked with rock piles at the top, but not well marked coming down from the gorge into the field. Fantastic hike with great views and an awesome swimming hole, great super easy hike. So nice, but it must have been packed before we got there. Kids are 7&10. Kids had no issues: ages 9, 11, 12 and 16yr. 5 Cool Places to Visit in Maine Rattlesnake Pool, Blueberry Mountain Located in Evans Notch Maine, approximately 2 hours from Saco. Rattlesnake Pool, Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, 20 miles north of Fryeburg. It’s also really cold. Trail was muddy and buggy, went around 2pm and there were a good amount of people there (10 or so). Purple trails, East Royce. QUICK TRAIL FACTSPreserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain National Forest (ME and NH)Trail Mileage: 3.6-mile loop (with spurs)Pets: yesDifficulty: moderateSights: views, Rattlesnake Pool, open summit (1,781 ft.) Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Featured Trip: Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool. This was a nice hike to the pool. The second part is in the woods and has many roots and rocks. To get there, taking Route 113 and when you’re in town, head towards Stone House Road which becomes Shell Pond Road. Lots of people from out of state who were not social distancing and not quarantining for the proper length of time according to conversations (someone even mentioned they drove up from Boston that very morning...). Pretty easy trail with a lot of other options for harder trails along the way. Continue on the Stone House Trail until you reach the estate road. Jul 30, 2016 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? It can also be looped with neighboring Speckled Mountain via the Bickford Brook… Lots of cars but not too many people for us. You’ll want to start your journey in the town of Gilead. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. GPS coords for the pool: 44.2559, -70.9755 | Get directions White Cairn and Stone House trails on Blueberry Mountain Rattlesnake pool at the base of Blueberry Mountain is a highlight and close to parking (less than 1/2 mile or so). From route 2 in Gilead, Maine, turn left onto route 113 (Evan’s Notch). Hiked up to the pool today, very very busy again. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. The views were amazing. Bring bug spray! This was my most favorite hike as a kid. The views were beautiful and there were all the wild blueberries you could want! Local Natural Wonders - Day 37 - Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool in Stow, Maine. Multiple other hikes like The Basin (a little more challenging) and Lord Hill (shorter, more easily accessible). Follow it down for a mile, where you will find the spur trail on your left that brings you a couple hundred yards to Rattlesnake Pool, a classic “Shangri La” New England swimming hole.
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