Bolles Trail 2018-06-12T21:18:47+00:00

Bolles Trail

The Bolles Trail is a former road that ran between Tamworth and the Albany Intervale, through the valley between Chocorua and Mt. Paugus.  The trail runs from Fowlers Mill Rd in Chocorua to the Kancamagus highway.  Tradition says that the first white person who ever passed through these mountains was Mother Head, who upon learning of sickness and distress in the Intervale, put on her Native American snow shoes and all alone made her way through the forest to offer her help. The road was destroyed by a hurricane and later re-blazed as a trail by Frank Bolles. Since the hurricane, the Bolles Trail is sometimes referred to as the Lost Trail.

Directions to the Paugus Mill Rd trailhead:  Turn on to Chocorua Lake Road off of Rt. 16, and cross over the Narrows Bridge between Chocorua Lake and Little Chocorua Lake.  Follow this dirt road for 1.0 mile and take a left fork up a hill onto Fowlers Mill Road.  Follow Fowlers Mill Road for 2.4 miles where you will see a sign on your right for the Liberty and Brook Trails.  Turn right onto Paugus Mill Road and follow it for a mile to the end where you will find a parking lot and both trailheads. Please respect private property on the way to the parking area.

Directions to the Kancamagus trailhead:  The parking lot is located on the East end of the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112). The GPS Coordinates for the parking area are: N43° 59.398 | W071° 17.950 (elevation – 1,285′).