Zealand Trail

Bethlehem, New Hampshire 3574

Elevation Gain554ft
Trailhead Elevation2,020ft
Elevation Min/Max2020/2464ft
Elevation Start/End2020/2020ft

Zealand Trail

Zealand Trail is a hiking trail in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 2,020 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 554 feet. Zealand Trailhead (elevation 2,067 feet) and another parking are near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: A-Z Trail, Ethan Pond Trail and Twinway.

Zealand Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"As a long day hike or an overnight backpacking trip, the loop through Zealand Notch and over the Willey Range showcases the best of what the White Mountain National Forest has to offer.

The 17-mile adventure travels through numerous forest and wetland habitats, passes rugged landscapes scoured during the last ice age, visits roaring waterfalls and serene mountain streams, and traverses long, rolling mountain ridges. As an added bonus, with the exception of 1 mile of heart-pumping steepness, the route follows easy to moderate terrain."

"This gentle trail, through snow-covered woods, open meadows, and along side beaver ponds, ends at pretty Zealand Falls and the Appalachian Mountain Club shelter.

At trail’s end, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of surrounding mountain peaks and Zealand Valley. It’s very popular with cross-country skiers, too, and makes for a fine family outing. You could do it up and back in a day, but the distance is long. That’s because the trail is located off Zealand Road, which is closed in the winter. You’ll have to snowshoe down the road an extra 4 miles (one way) to the trailhead. But it’s a pretty trek along a hardwood and pine forest, and the going is easy."

"Although it’s a long journey out to Thoreau Falls, the hike is easy and the incredible view and unique curving falls make it well worth the effort. Zealand Falls, which is on the way, is also a beautiful falls formation, and the views from the Ethan Pond Trail are truly expansive."

"This hike takes you to one of the premier locations in the White Mountains for birds and other wildlife, including moose and beaver. From the front porch of AMC’s Zealand Hut, you get one of the most spectacular views in the White Mountains, and you can easily spend hours at the falls and river nearby."

"Water, water, water! We know kids love it, so we included this trail on the Twin–Zealand Range, which encompasses a river, bog, pond, and waterfall. Just under 3 miles from the start, you’ll come to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hut near Zealand Falls, at the northern end of Zealand Notch.

Here, you can spend the night or just relax for a few hours and trade stories with other hiking families. Since the grade is gradual, this hike is well within the capabilities of most children, especially if you break it up with an overnight."

"This was our first hike in the White Mountains, and we return time and time again to take in the incredible beauty of the Zealand valley. All kinds of wildlife habitat are on this hike, including a hardwood forest, beaver swamps, a mountain pond, a thick boreal forest, and a high-elevation bog. Signs of moose are common and the birdlife is extremely varied.

You can see multitudes of warblers and flycatchers as well as grouse, woodcock, and ducks, and migrating birds of prey such as osprey and merlin in the fall. This trip also visits the AMC Zealand Falls Hut, which is situated next to the ledges of Zealand Falls—a great place to sit and take in the views of the Zealand valley. The hike from the hut to Zeacliff is a steep one, but the views from the top of the cliff are some of the best in the White Mountains."

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Very pretty hike through mountain ponds (with blueberry bushes to snack from towards the end of the hike). We were hiking with our 2- & 4-yr olds, who did great throughout, but were pretty tired by the time we reached the base of the falls. The 0.2 mi up to the falls was pretty steep, but would probably be ok for slightly older kids (with longer legs). We didn't make the final ascent to the top of the falls given time constraints and overall kid fatigue, but it looked pretty amazing. Overall, a great hike for kids (and parents).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
White Mountain National Forest, Gorham Ranger Station
Local Contacts
AMC White Mountain Guide, Map 2:G7
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018