Learning to Love Rollins State Park

IMG_6873Untapped potential – that’s been my opinion of Rollins State Park.IMG_6898 IMG_6897It’s got an auto road built by the CCC during the Depression nearly to the top of Mt. Kearsarge, a bald monadnock with stunning views in every direction.  It’s close to the interstate.  With a little more promotion, I think it could be one of the park system’s significant revenue sources – and the parks could always use more revenue!IMG_689420160305_143622But enough of that, I visited the park last weekend off-season to hike the auto road.  There were a few other like-minded hikers, but for a Saturday it was pretty quiet.  There’s been so little snow this year that, except for a few icy spots, the road was almost entirely bare.  It was rather hazy too so the photos aren’t spectacular but you can still get a sense of the beauty to be had.IMG_6885 IMG_6895Towards the top the trees and rocks were glazed with ice (but not the road).

The parking lot near the top

The parking lot near the top

Just a half mile to go

Just a half mile to go

The road ends at a parking lot and picnic area with nice views just a half mile to the summit.  The trail up was too icy to attempt without spikes today so I returned back down the mountain, a 7 mile round trip.  Here are two more nice views for you:IMG_6876 20160305_135225I think this would be a great place to visit during mud season in April when other trails are too wet.  The road doesn’t open to autos until May so it’s a place to hike without getting your boots messed up.  I’ve biked it too, although that was a little tough on my brakes on the way down – and my legs on the way up!  Happy travels!

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4 responses to “Learning to Love Rollins State Park

  1. The auto road in Rollins is one of my favorite walks in spring and fall when it’s gated to drivers. Thanks for letting me know that this is a good winter for walking it, too.

    • Yes, it’s easy but not always kind as the road is fairly steep and relentless. I might say wheelchair friendly but they’d need really good brakes to make it downhill in one piece.

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