The Nan Epic
North Conway, New Hampshire
The Lower Nanamocomuck Trail is two hours North of Boston just outside the mountain playground of North Conway. This out-and-back ride parallels the boulder-strewn Swift River and includes tight singletrack, log bridges and plenty of rocks and roots. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, the trail is just one of many backcountry rides in the area. In true New England style, the Nan begins at a restored covered bridge.
Location: North Conway, New Hampshire.
Directions: From Route 16 in Conway travel west on Kancamagus Hwy (Rte 112) approximately 12 miles to Aniese Field.
Epic Ride Length: The ride will be between 25 - 40 miles in length.
Description: The Nan varies from tight singletrack squeezing between trees to wide-open fast. Some sections are smooth and roller coaster-like, others slow, rocky and root strewn. Watch for log bridges over some boggy areas. Preferred direction to ride is West from the covered bridge to tackle the biggest climbs first.
Season: June - November. Best in September and October to view the changing leaves.
Map: Rob Brook Area Mountain Biking Trail Map. Available at the Saco District Ranger Station, corner of Route 16 and Route 112 outside of North Conway, or Red Jersey Cyclery.
Chamber of Commerce: Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Lodging: Cranmore Mountain Lodge in North Conway for those on a budget, White Mountain Hotel for a treat.
Camping: Saco River Camping Area
Club: White Mountains NEMBA Chapter
Shop: Red Jersey Cyclery
Coffee: Morning Dew or Frontside Grind
Eateries: Great selection in North Conway - Flatbread Pizza, Bellinis, Shalimar and Margaritagrille to name a few.
Beer: The Moat Brew Pub in North Conway has great beer and food. But be sure to try Tuckerman's Ale, available throughout the valley.
Other: See Tuckerman's Ravine. Ride Hurricane Mountain Road. Drive or take the cog railroad up Mount Washington.