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Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH

Take a hike! Well, a family hike that is on the Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH. This trail has a couple of directions to go and we have yet to discover what happens when we turn left instead of going right during our trip to Philbrick-Cricenti Bog. 

This family hiking trail is relatively easy, but if you have little ones you may want to hold their hand tightly. If you step off that boardwalk, you will sink. There are many lost animals in the bog and at one point along the trip, we learned a horse once sunk deep into what looks like solid ground.

About Philbrick-Cricenti Bog

As you venture into the woods of the Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH you’ll see a welcome sign. This sign will tell you more about the bog and rules for hiking the 1-mile loop trails here.  There are no dogs allowed on the trail, so please leave your furry companion at home.

I love that this is a self-guided hike and provides for much fun in education with kids. As we walk along the path, with our self-guided paper in hand, we learned more about the bog. This is a great way to teach kids about how a bog works, as well as more information about the plants that grow here. 

If you arrive and there are no more paper versions of the self-guided nature trail at the kiosk, you can visit this website to download a virtual map. 

As we stood there, checking out how deep the bog is, the kids enjoyed seeing that the bog is WAY deeper than them. It’s scary to think it’s just that boardwalk wood keeping us from sinking beneath a tundra of nothingness.

Hiking with kids is truly a fun way to bond as a family, and the trio enjoyed having this time together. As you can see, they just love being out in nature! 

At one point on the self-guided nature trail at Philbrick-Cricenti Bog, we found a bench. You can sit down to admire the views and think about how desolate this area is. It’s really neat, peaceful and so much fun to take a hike with your family at Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH. 

In case you’re wondering what type of view you’ll get when you place your bum upon this bench. This is the view… I can only capture so much of this beautiful bog with a cell phone camera. You’ll have to take a hike at Philbrick-Cricenti Bog hiking before the winter season hits to witness the magical view of this bog for yourself. 

Top 3 Tips To Enjoy Hiking With Kids

Now that I’ve shared a way to take a hike with your family, I must tell you that we do prepare for these types of family trips. There are three things I have to tell you right now to make sure you’re prepared to go on a bog hiking trip with your kids. 


We always have water in the van. I usually opt to keep a 24 pack of water bottles in the van at all times, but whenever we venture out for a hike with kids in New England, we make certain each kid has at least one water bottle to carry along with them. 


I cannot begin to tell you how many times I decided to wear flip flops during our family hikes in New England. Do not do it! Make sure all parties who are hiking with you have socks and sneakers on so that they don’t end up with blisters or prickly bushes poking their feet. 


Last, but not least, even though I’m that type of mom that makes every travel adventure with kids an educational event, it’s important to have some fun! I went live on FB and Instagram during our hike at Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH and you could clearly see we had FUN.

Whenever you opt to go for a hike with kids in New England, it’s important to know where you’re going and what trails are off-limits. Bring out all trash you have with you and make sure you respect nature by staying on the boardwalk or appropriately marked hiking trails during your hike. 

If you’re in the New Hampshire area and want to take a hike, then check out the Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH at 295 Newport Road today!


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