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.
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