Black Cap Trail

Green Hills Preserve, New Hampshire
Elevation Gain1,673ft
Trailhead Elevation1,488ft
Elevation Min/Max1452/2366ft
Elevation Start/End1488/1488ft

Black Cap Trail

Black Cap Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Conway, New Hampshire. It is within Green Hills Preserve. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 1,488 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,673 feet. The Black cap trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Black Cap (elevation 2,356 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Side Hill and Middle Trail.

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Adventurer | 380 pts
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This is an easy hike that has a little bit of rock scrambling and steep areas but any newbie should have no problems doing it. While it's not challenging, it is a very beautiful trail. The views at the top of the White Mountains are gorgeous. This is a great choice if you want to bring younger kids along or a dog. It does get very crowded on weekends
Lowell, MA
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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Started out on Bemis Brook trail at 10:00am. The trail was pretty soggy probably due to the area had received rain the night before. There were a couple fairly steep staircase type climbs along the trail but none were really too long. I did get a early treat by seeing several falls along the trail before getting to the main attraction. It is a short descent to Arethusa Falls. Bring some water shoes or sport sandals but be prepared for some shockingly cold water to cool you off if you dare to walk out along the ledge under the fall. Climb out of the falls and continue along the cliff trail which has some moderate staircase climbs as well. There is a great view to the southwest of Mt. Bemis. As you wind around to the northern side of the trail there are spectacular views to the north of Mt. Washington, Dry river and surrounding mountains. As you begin the descent, some parts were fairly steep and gravelly requiring caution. The cliffs are also a spectacular feature of the hike and worth the additional mileage to get to them. The crowds I expected just weren't there, on the trail hikers were few and dispersed, and at the falls there may have been four or five small groups. This is a highly recommended hike, plan for a half-day for the full 4.7 mile loop.
Boston, MA
Pathfinder | 150 pts
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Cary, NC
Explorer | 50 pts
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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
"Black Cap, a popular family hike in the Green Hills east of North Conway, has one of the finest vistas in the White Mountains for relatively little effort. On a clear day you can see Mount Washington, Kearsarge North, Chocorua, and other peaks of the White Mountains from its 2,370-foot summit. The Black Cap Trail, marked with orange blazes and new trail signs, is easy to follow and well maintained."
Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair
"A great first hike for little ones, Black Cap offers fantastic views on open ledges with just a mile-long climb. Black Cap is perfect for the smallest hikers or for those short on time who want to have great views with little effort. It is a local favorite and you are sure to see others on the trail for their daily run or walk. The summit is large and open, so even on a busy Saturday, you should be able to find a quiet spot with a great view to enjoy a picnic lunch."

Trail Information

Green Hills Preserve
Nearby City
Green Hills Preserve
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Conway Conservation Commission, 603-447-3811, conwaynh.org/boards/conservation; The Nature Conservancy, 603-356-8833, nature.org/newhampshire
Local Contacts
USGS North Conway East quad; AMC White Mountain National Forest Map & Guide, I12 (AMC)
Local Maps