Mt. Kearsarge (Rollins and Winslow State Parks)

A short hike to spectacular summit views that is popular with families
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
Length
5.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Advanced
Towns
Andover (NH), Warner (NH), Wilmot (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
Yes

Description

UPDATE FALL 2020 - Reservations are now required for day use at Rollins and Winslow State Parks, including hiking the trails up Mt. Kearsarge. Visit NH State Parks to make a reservation.

Mt. Kearsarge, at just under 3,000' elevation, is a fun hike with the reward of spectacular views across the region. A lookout tower on the rocky summit allows for even farther flung vistas. Multiple trails climb the mountain from either Rollins or Winslow State Park.

Winslow State Park Trails:

Barlow Trail - Several vistas along this 1.5 mile trail award hikers with views of Cardigan and Ragged Mountains. It is the less steep option from the Winslow side of the mountain. 

Winslow Trail - The one mile Winslow trail climbs steeply and features many steep rock staircases and granite ledge. Many hikers choose to climb this steeper trail and return on the more gradual Barlow Trail.

Rollins State Park Trails:

Rollins Trail - Leaving from the picnic area, this half mile trail follows the old carriage road to the summit. 

Lincoln Trail - From the picnic area, the Lincoln Trail climbs steeply for 200 yards before cresting a ridge and following a more gradual slope to the summit. The trail also heads southwest from the picnic area and traverses the slope of Black Mountain down to the Kearsage Valley Road. This trail is part of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsage Greenway, a 75-mile loop hiking trail that connects the peaks of Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsage Mountains. 

Other Information

Rollins and Winslow State Parks are open for recreation year-round. However, the gate is closed during the off-season, which significantly lengthens the hike or snowshoe distances. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

New Hampshire State Parks

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3556
nhparks@dncr.nh.gov
View website

Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Respect natural resources, cultural and historic items, and wildlife by looking rather than touching.
Legend
Hide All

Trailhead Information

Rollins State Park - From Warner, head north on Kearsage Mountain Road. After 5 miles, you will get to the Rollins State Park gate and toll booth. After stopping at the gate, proceed an additional 3.5 miles up the Kearsage Mountain Road to the parking lot and trailhead. This trailhead accesses the Rollins and Lincoln (SRKG) trails.

Winslow State Park - From Wilmot, head east on NH-11 to Old Winslow Road where you turn right. After 1 mile, turn left on Kearsage Mountain Road and proceed for 1.1 miles to the Winslow State Park gate and tollbooth. After stopping at the gate, proceed 0.4 miles up the Kearsage Mountain Road to the parking lot and trailhead. This trailhead accesses the Barlow and Winslow Trails. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
Please Log In or Create Account to add comments.
These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures!
Hang Tight!
Nearby services are loading
No Results
No Services Found
SHARE THIS TRAIL

Add Trail Log

Please wait…
Join In on the Fun!
Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Trail Finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more!
Your log in attempt was not successful. Please try again.
    Lost your password? Reset your password
    Don't yet have an account?
    There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.
      * Indicates required field
      Already have an account? Login here
      Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account.
      There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.

        Success! A new password has been emailed to you.

        Log in now

        Please wait…