Best New England Hikes for Amputees

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There couldn’t be a better time to live in or travel to New England than the fall. The season lifts the spirits of New Englanders who know that snow and cold are on their way, and also draws in thousands of tourists from across the country. Visitors and residents all enjoy changing leaves, crisp autumn air, festivals, and pumpkin picking.

Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy a scenic hike. Here is a list of the best New England hikes for amputees to get you started on finding the perfect trail for your next outdoor adventure:

Easier Trails

BASH BISH FALLS – Mt. Washington, MA
Located in the far southwest corner of the state of Massachusetts, Bash Bish Falls features one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the state. Total Mileage: 0.8-1.0 miles

MOXIE FALLS – Moxie Gore, ME   
This easy-access trailhead leads down a fairly flat path and pleasant forest sojourn. As you get close to Maine’s finest waterfall, there are wooden stairs and boardwalks providing access over the rugged terrain surrounding the falls. Total Mileage: 1.2 miles

New England Fall Hikes
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the Berkshires, of Western Massachusetts

Easy to Moderate Trails

MOUNT WILLARD – Carroll (Twin Mountain), NH     
This is a great fall foliage hike as you are surrounded by trees. This slightly steeper climb is rewarded with wide, scenic views of Crawford Notch at the top.  Total Mileage: 3.2 miles

WEST RATTLESNAKE – Holderness, NH       
This hike features open, pink granite outcrops with twisted pine trees and some of the finest lake views in New England. It goes to the summit of West Rattlesnake Mountain and offers great views of Squam Lake. Total Mileage: 1.8 miles

Moderate Trails

MIDDLE & NORTH SUGARLOAF – Carroll (Twin Mountain), NH
Known as one of the great “bang for the buck” hikes in the White Mountains, Sugarloaf offers you a couple of different options with running rivers and breathtaking, wide-open views. Total Mileage: 2.6 miles to Middle Sugarloaf only; 3.2 miles to both Middle and North Sugarloaf.

CADILLAC MOUNTAIN – Acadia National Park, ME     
As the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, Cadillac Mountain is known for the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There are several different route options for hiking as well as a scenic drive if you have others in your group who are not up to the challenge. Total Mileage: Varies, but shortest option is 2.8 miles

Know Before You Go        

Be sure to do more homework on the trail you choose and check with your prosthetist before you venture out. Also, check out the list of “Fall Hiking Tips for Amputees.”

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One thought on “Best New England Hikes for Amputees

  1. I second the need to do your homework on the trail you are going to take. Sometimes what others find to be an easy or moderate trail is something you will find to be moderate or hard. So, I would recommend talking to someone who has been on the hike before and ask them about it. Coincidentally, this is also a good way of finding out about other great hikes/trails.

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