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10 March 2013

Fay State Forest (Lincoln/Woodstock, NH): A Very, Very Short Hike

When you're in the area of Lincoln/Woodstock, NH and you simply want a 20 minute (round-trip) hike, then the Fay State Forest is something to consider.  It provides impressive views for minimal effort!

The next three snapshots provide samples of what can be seen from a logging cut at the top of a small hill at this location.
Peaks along the Franconia Ridge
Looking eastward at peaks along Kancamagus Highway corridor (Loon Mtn ski slopes on right)
Just the very top of snow-capped Mt. Moosilauke (slightly right of center)
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Fay State Forest, it's located on Rt. 3 about midway between I-93's Exit 33 and Exit 32.   There's year-round parking on the east side of Rt. 3 at the Fay Wayside Area (see Google Earth image below).  Regarding the spot labeled on this image as "Probable Path", it simply denotes where I suspect there is a pathway directly across from the Fay Wayside Area.  But due to the groundcover of snow, it wasn't immediately obvious.  So, to avoid encountering some unseen hazard, I simply walked a few hundred feet southward on Rt. 3 to the spot labeled as "Definite Path".
Google Earth image showing viewpoint and other features associated with Fay State Forest
Further regarding the pathways leading to the viewpoint shown on the above map, please understand that there are no trail signs, and no trail blazing.


  1. Hi,
    I´ve been in New England 2011. I adored this area so much. I hope I will have the opportunity to visit your homecountry again in near future. I like your small hikes very much. Many greetings from Germany...Rosi

    1. Hi Rosi,

      Thank you for taking time to post such a nice comment to my Blog!
      I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy another visit to New England in the near future.