Donated to the town by Daniel Remich, Kilburn Crags offers a great view for just a moderate amount of effort. From the parking area, the trail follows along a stone wall at the edge of a field upward to an old woods road. Be sure to stay on the trail and respect the adjacent private landowners. The trail follows the woods road up a moderate grade, levels off, then turns to the left to climb again. Some sections of the woods road are muddy. In these sections, there is generally a footpath on one side that avoids most of the mud.
Th trail crests the ridge then slopes downward to the viewpoint at Kilburn Crags. The ledges offer an outstanding view of the center of Littleton, the Ammonoosuc River, the Presidential Range straight ahead, and Lafayette and Cannon Mountains on the right.. There is a picnic table at the ledges as well.
Kilburn Crags offer a rich geologic history. Part of the Littleton Formation of the Devonian Era, fine examples of slate and igneous rocks can be found near the Crags. About halfway up, several yards of polished granite show the glaciated striping (striae) caused by the sliding ice sheet of the last continental glacier more than 10,000 years ago.
For more information, contact:Littleton Conservation Commission
From downtown Littleton, head west on Main Street/NH-18. Before the access onto I-93, turn left to stay on NH-18 (also NH-135). The parking area is a small pull-off on the left after 0.5 miles.
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