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Alex and I have made two trips to the Believe in Books Literacy Foundations trail network over the last month. It is an excellent area to explore if you only have an hour or two, just 10 minutes north of North Conway Village.

100 Acre Wood Trail System

100 Acre Wood Trail System

On our first excursion with our friends Kaelan & Heather we wandered around without referring to the map and basically took “Polar Path” to “Railroad Alley” and “Winnie’s Wandering”, right down to a beautiful little swimming hole on the East Branch River. The highlight for the boys was seeing a train from the Conway Scenic Railroad cross the trestle.

Don't forget to grab a map!

Don’t forget to grab a map!

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

This is where the "North Pole" is for the famed Polar Express!

This is where the “North Pole” is for the famed Polar Express!

A small reservoir

A small reservoir

Skipping rocks and exploring

Skipping rocks and exploring

Well signed trails

Well signed trails

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

On our way out another hiker told us of the “Storybook Trail”, and while we were out of time for this day I brought Alex back a week later so we could check it out. This short half mile trail has stations every 100 feet or so with the next page of a story. It makes for a fun interactive hike!

This week's book "Dragons Love Tacos"

This week’s book “Dragons Love Tacos”

This place is another great family destination in Mount Washington Valley. You should check it out!

From their website:

100 ACRE WOOD TRAIL SYSTEM
Hours: Generally 9am-4pm • Trail passes are $3 per car load for the day, An annual pass is $50 and can be purchased at the Foundation office. (The 100 Acre Wood Trail System is open when the entrance gate is open)
1/2 Mile Storybook Trail:
“Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Perfect Fall Conditions!
COMMENTS: Walk, bike or run. Dogs are Welcome on a leash but please clean up after them!

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Yesterday the whole family got out for a morning hike and our good friends and neighbor’s, the Ouellette’s, joined us. Alex was excited to have his little buddy Declan along for the ride, along with two canine companions, Rocky and Apollo. We hit the trail at about 10:30am. Two weeks ago Alex and I had explored some of the trails at Purity Spring Resort on the west side of Eaton Road, climbing up to the scenic Bald Ledge. Today we opted for some of the more mellow trails on the east side which would bring us through most of the NH Audubon Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary. After crossing a small footbridge at the outlet of Purity Lake and close to the Purity Lake Dam we skirted the east side of the lake for a short distance before moving through some rich wetlands.

Some beautiful pine forest

Some beautiful pine forest

An inflatable rock climbing wall in the swimming area of the resort (guests only)

An inflatable rock climbing wall in the swimming area of the resort (guests only)

Cruzing

Cruzing

Not long after this shot we heard a rather large animal down a small drainage to our right. As much as Randy and I scanned we couldn’t spot it. My guess was we had startled a moose. This wetland area is perfect for them, and while they can make a racket when being roused from a comfy spot they can just as quickly move away as stealthy as a ninja. Ninja moose, LOL, I like it. Other than the small flying biting type of wildlife we didn’t see anything else except for occasional beaver dams.

Alex has mastered drinking from the CamelBak

Alex has mastered drinking from the CamelBak

About halfway around the loop

About halfway around the loop

Size-able Beaver Dam

Size-able Beaver Dam

Small footbridge near the end

Small footbridge near the end

Great company

Great company

The Route

The Route

It was a leisurely 90 minute 1.9 mile loop when all was said and done. We grabbed some shade at a picnic table near “The Mill” and let the little guys stretch their legs. Declan seemed to enjoy his first backpack ride and Alex made the whole loop without needing to get out of the pack. Lots of guests were cooling off in the private swimming area, but we were ready to head home for some lunch and a dip at our local beach. This family owned resort is a little gem and I still want to explore it more so expect to hear about it again at some point.

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