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Green Hills Preserve - Black Cap

One of the most popular short hikes in the White Mountains, this relatively easy 1.1-mile hike offers excellent views of the White Mountains and the Presidential Range.
Trail Activity
2.2 miles, Loop
Conway (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
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Black Cap Mountain: Blazed in red, this is a relatively easy hike that offers excellent views of the Presidential Range and is one of the most popular short hikes in the White Mountains.

The Green Hills ridge is derived from Conway Granite, a volcanic bedrock formed approximately 200 million years ago. This bedrock is exposed in several places along the ridge, most notably on Middle Mountain, Peaked Mountain, and Black Cap, where visitors are exposed to excellent views as well as lessons in geology and ecology. 

There are over 50 miles of trails in the Green Hills region, making it a favorite destination for hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers. This extensive trail network is spread across conservation lands owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, the Town of Conway, the State of NH, Tin Mountain Conservation Center and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. Combined, there are nearly 9,000 acres of conserved lands in the Green Hills. For more information about these other trails, please visit TNC's website.

Other Information

This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy, and is an excellent place for walking, hunting, and observing wildlife. Camping, fires, and wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash.

Trail Manager

For more information and a trail map, visit or contact:

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
22 Bridge Street, 4th Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 224-5853
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Trail Tips

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Leave the trail work to the pros: they will add or remove blazes, cairns (stone trail markers), structures, and trail improvements as deemed necessary.
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Trailhead Information

From NH-16, 2 miles north of North Conway Village, turn right onto Hurricane Mountain Road just north of the scenic vista at the North Conway/Bartlett town line (this is a steep winding road that’s closed in winter). At the height of land, a parking area is on the right.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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