QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain Forest (ME and NH)
- Trail Mileage: ~4-mile loop
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: pond, views
Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Purple trails, East Royce.
This is a mostly flat, charming little walk around Shell Pond. It includes a faint road that passes under gnarled old apple trees. There is one little climb (pretty insignificant), from what I recall. If you do the whole loop, it’s about four miles.
Directions: You’ll see a little trail sign for Shell Pond trail on Shell Pond Road. If you’re coming from Rte. 113, it’ll be on your left about 3.5 miles in. This road is closed in the winter. You can also park at the parking area for Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool on Shell Pond/Stone House Road, which is further north on Rte. 113, off to the right.