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Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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  • Pondicherry trailhead.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • There are lots of wildflowers along the trail.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Pondicherry Rail Trail.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Butterfly along the trail.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Taking in the view.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Pondicherry is a great hike for kids.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Bird watching from the viewing platform.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Leaving the viewing platform.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • Turtle on a rock.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • The Shore Path offers a great view.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • The northern Presidential Range from the Shore Path.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
  • A bench along the Shore Path.- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Family friendly. Bike path. Flat, easy trails.
Cons: 
Can be buggy. Sometimes muddy.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is a National Natural Landmark and home to 6,405 acres of wetland and forest that provide habitat for diverse species of wildlife. Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge offers something for the whole family, and it is great for beginners and bird watchers. Venture out on the trails for a chance to see deer, moose, bear, beavers, snowshoe hares, turtles, and over 200 species of birds. Most of the trails are flat and easy, and the Mud Pond Trail is even wheelchair accessible, making this a fantastic place for people of all ages and abilities.

Hike to Mud Pond, Little Cherry Pond, or Cherry Pond to look for birds and take in the scenery. The view of the northern Presidential Range, including Mount Washington, along the Shore Path can’t be beat. Cherry Pond was once a glacial lake, and if you look around for the huge rocks, you might even find glacial erratics along the trails. Take the kids on a scenic bike ride along the Pondicherry Rail Trail and Presidential Range Recreation Trail to see wildflowers and visit Moorhen and Cedar Marsh. Then either return the same way or continue to complete an 8-mile loop utilizing the Owls Head Highway and Hazen Road. 

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