The New England area is replete with hiking trails of varied terrains and unsurpassed natural beauty. The team at Camp Walt Whitman would know—they include trips to each of the best trails in their program every year! Below, the leading local kids’ summer camp shares their favorite trips, so your little one can get excited about the adventures they’ll enjoy later this year.
New England Summer Camp Highlights 5 Incredible Hiking Trails
1. Mt. Cardigan
Hikers who make their way up this beginner-friendly, 3.1-mile loop course will spot a broad range of wildflowers and scenic New England forestry. Peaking at an elevation of just over 1,000 feet, the treeless granite summit yields outstanding panoramas of the surrounding mountain range.
2. Franconia Ridge
As one of the area’s best-rated hikes, this nine-mile loop takes traversers to exquisite heights (3,800 feet) and provides jaw-dropping views. National Geographic even included this route in its article, “World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trials.” Due to its length, which is nine miles, and its altitude, this journey is best for experienced hikers.
3. Mt. Moosilauke
With a peak elevation of nearly 5,000 feet, Mt. Moosilauke features a summit with 360-degree views of New England’s majestic White Mountains. The mountain features multiple trails, with the most popular being a 7.5-mile loop, with difficulty levels that are ideal for adventurous young explorers.
4. Mt. Piermont
The trailhead of this beautiful path is conveniently located right at Camp Walt Whitman, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most-loved trails among campers and instructors. Piermont Mountain’s crest stands 2,717 feet tall, so hikers of intermediate experience levels should expect a moderately challenging climb along this 4.5-mile course.
5. Black Mountain
A trek through the pine forest takes hikers up to the top of Black Mountain, which is 2,830 feet above sea level. During the 3.6-mile journey, summer camp attendees might even make their way past Black Beauty Mine, which was once used for extracting gold and silver. While certainly not the toughest climb on the list, Black Mountain is recommended for individuals with at least some hiking experience.
No matter where the journeys take them, hikers always have a great time on Camp Walt Whitman’s weekly excursions. The beloved summer camp has been a favorite destination for children, fostering a healthy exploration of arts, athletics, and adventures since its establishment in 1948. Learn more about enrolling your child by visiting their website, and call (800) 657-8282 to speak with one of their friendly directors about their programs today.