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Seeing the Sights on a Shoestring-Lost River Gorge

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in North Woodstock, NH
Located in the town of North Woodstock, Lost River Reservation (as it is most properly known) is set high in Kinsman Notch, one of the many mountain passes in the White Mountains region. Kinsman Notch lies between Mt. Moosilauke and Mt. Kinsman, about 2000 feet above sea level. When you explore Kinsman Notch and Lost River, you’ll discover a land of remarkable and enduring beauty—a rugged land forged over time by the most powerful forces on Earth.

This is a very beautiful place, and admission rates are
Adults: $17.00
Ages 4-12: $13.00
Ages 3, 2 & 1 are FREE

Military Adult: $16.00
Military Child ages 4-12: $12.00

FREE THINGS:
My recommendation is this: Go for a picnic, pan for precious stones, walk on the boardwalk through the upper part-all of this is free. If your children are serious in their love of geology, spend the money for the full walk.. For many families, it is not cost-effective. There are areas where children need very close supervision. I would not feel comfortable with children who do not want to listen.
Boardwalk: your exploration of Lost River can be as easy or as ambitious as you choose to make it.
Lost River Mining Sluice:
Mining is enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. What will you find? Each bag of mining rough is different, so you never know what you'lll find. Let your search for a treasure begin!
Collecting gemstones and fossils is exciting for all ages! To learn more about rocks, fossils and collecting, visit www.kidsloverocks.com.

Ecology Trail
The Kinsman Notch Ecology Trail is a half-mile loop of easy to moderate hiking difficulty. It begins near the Dilly Cliff Trail entrance to the right of the parking areas (near the gazebo). Along the way, you will learn the natural history and ecology of this unique area. The trail is maintained by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and is free of charge. For your safety, please stay on the Kinsman Notch Eology Trail and beware of exposed roots and rocks. Please remember to take only photos and leave only footprints.



Dilly Cliff Trail
The Dilly Cliff is a high cliff overlooking Lost River Gorge Reservation. This narrow ledge, which climbs a steep 700 feet, is just under a half mile hike. As signs at the base of the trail warn, this is not a footpath for the casual walker and should only be tackled by persons in good physical condition and with appropriate footwear. This trail is the definition of hand-over-foot hiking. Dilly Cliff Trail is recommended for experienced hikers only and access to the trail from the Lost River Gorge parking lots are available ONLY during business hours (police take notice).



Nature Trail and Nature Gardens
The Nature Garden is located near the trout pool at the end of the Gorge tour. It is maintained by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and includes over 300 varieties of native flowers, ferns, and shrubs.


I realize that most families will spend about $70 for less than 2 hours of very interesting fun For others, it is worth every cent. I am glad that I could research this trip for families interested in this well advertised spot.



My recommendation is this: Go for a picnic, pan for precious stones, walk on the boardwalk through the upper part-all of this is free. If your children are serious in their love of geology, spend the money for the full walk.. For many families, it is not cost-effective. There are areas where children need very close supervision. I would not feel comfortable with children who do not want to listen.

Center of the Earth Cave


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