Randolph

What to do in Randolph? Outdoor activities abound!! Randolph is about 30,170 acres and more than 13,000 of those acres are protected. So much to see and do, where to start! I knew Trouble and I were going to be in for a great day of touring. Many of the roads we traveled were Class VI roads, threading their way through some beautiful scenery. I knew I wanted to check out Pond of Safety. The drive was easy and pleasant…

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Pond of Safety seemed a strange name for a pond. I later learned that during the Revolutionary War, Pond of Safety offered refuge for American soldiers captured and freed by the British. I made it to the parking area and walked a short path to the pond’s edge…

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While I didn’t see any wildlife, I did see plenty of tracks and sign. At the water’s edge, I saw a small colony of wild calla…

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How easy it would have been to stay here all day. The birds singing, the gentle breeze – a small slice of heaven! If had had brought my kayak, I might still be there, but, there were more places to visit. No matter where in Randolph I was, the scenery was stunning…

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By late afternoon, I had made it to the Randolph Community Forest. My friend Tamra joined me. After looking at the trail map, we set off for Castleview Rock. A mile and a half loop would bring us back to Trouble. Along the way, we would climb 300′ in elevation. The woods were littered with boulders. This one formed a natural cave and I couldn’t help but think about what critter might call it home…

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The view from Castleview Rock was amazing (although I didn’t see any castles)…

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Tamra checked the map to see which trail would lead back to Trouble…

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The last part of the trail took us through more open areas where the views were just as stunning…

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My time in Randolph was coming to an end. I knew I hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface of everything Randolph has to offer. Here is a list of trails maintained in part by the Randolph Mountain Club. I would have loved to hike the Ice Gulch Trail, but it is listed as strenuous and I’m just not up for strenuous! With one last look at Randolph, I headed back to Waldo…

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Thanks for coming along!

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9 Comments on “Randolph”

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions July 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    That’s some beautiful scenery!

  2. Sue Slaght July 13, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    What a beautiful place Randolph is. I can see why you would never want to leave the pond. The wild lilies are so amazing to see.

    • Touring NH July 13, 2016 at 10:17 am #

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      I was so tempted to dig up a couple lilies for my ponds, but I am all too aware of the potential to end up with a pond FULL of them. They can form large colonies, almost impossible to contain.

  3. oninmac July 14, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    This place looks so placid and peaceful. I wanna go to Randolph some time! I love your photographs as well as on how you narrated everything. Thanks for this! God bless 🙂

    • Touring NH July 14, 2016 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you. It’s easy to write about such a lovely place!

      • oninmac July 14, 2016 at 10:57 am #

        Maybe because you write how beautiful the place is and so your work becomes beautiful too. you write really great!

  4. seekraz July 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    Beautiful countryside….

    • Touring NH July 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

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      It made for a great day!

  5. Marie Keates August 22, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Like you I’m not sure I’d ever have got past the Pond of Safety but the trail was worth tearing yourself away for. I loved that little cave.

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