New Hampshire’s famous 4,000-footers get most of the glory when it comes to hiking around here, but there is also much to be seen within the forests and lowlands. Backcountry ponds often make for appealing destinations due to their remote natural beauty and peaceful solitude. Two of these bodies of water, Nancy Pond and Norcross Pond, make for an excellent day hike.

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The hike to Nancy and Norcross ponds begins at the Nancy Pond trailhead along Route 302 in the Township of Hart’s Location. Parking is in a roadside pullout. While this hike is possible in winter, it becomes more difficult and is therefore suitable for properly-equipped and experienced winter hikers only. Consult the AMC White Mountain Guide for more information. The total round-trip distance to both ponds is 8.6 miles with 2,300 feet of elevation gain.

Here’s another backcountry pond to put on the hiking bucket list, as well as a bog that used to be an ancient pond.

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