One of the best things about the hiking community I am slowly developing in the area is the knowledge of trails. I am constantly brainstorming with group members about local trails. My number four trail is brought to you by my friend and group member. I have recently learned that there are many hiking trails in Antrim. Loverens Mills Cedar Swamp is one of the trails located in Antrim off of Route 9 on Loverens Mill Road, and one that should not be overlooked, especially in the winter.
A little fun fact about the area: “Atlantic white cedar swamps are rare in New Hampshire, comprising only about one percent of the state’s wetlands. Loverens Mills Cedar Swamp is the second largest and considered the highest quality boreal cedar swamp in New Hampshire.” Courtesy of the Nature Conservancy Website.
This winter my hiking group did the Loverens Mills Loop and a side trail to a look out point. We did not do the Cedar Swamp Boardwalk because I was worried the boardwalk would be too icy in the winter and I wanted to go back in the spring or summer when it is supposedly covered in moss and a magical experience.
From the parking lot we walked up an old road along an old mill and dam site When the water is high, the river is rushing provided a relaxing sound and a beautiful sight. After walking a few hundred feet the trail starts to the right. The trail was fairly easy to follow due the well placed trail markers. There was only one place that we had difficulty finding the next trail marker, but were able to figure it out quickly. The trail is fairly flat with some gradual up and downs. The trail goes along the river for a few minutes giving you the opportunity to enjoy the water. The Lookout Point overlooks the rivers and local ridgelines .
The total hike was about 3.5 miles and took the group about 2 hours and very beautiful in the winter. I love snow covered streams, and this gives you ample opportunity to enjoy a winter wonderland. Due to the length and various up and downs of the trail. I would recommend this trail to older kids and people who have some hiking experience. In the non winter months I would recommend the boardwalk trail to younger children and families. I can’t wait to check it out this spring myself.