This trailhead provides good access to mountain bike trails in addition to mineral collecting.
At a Glance
From West Side Road in Conway, NH turn onto Passaconaway Rd. Travel 1.2 miles and turn right on High Street (dirt road). Enter White Mountain NF and at 1.4 miles pass through an open gate. At 1.7 miles bear left. See parking area in another 0.7 miles. The Smokey Quartz Mineral Collecting Area is a 0.9 mile hike from the parking lot.
The area, known as “The Moats”, is near North Conway and provides a variety of trails with varying levels of difficulty. It is a 14-mile trail network connected by dirt roads located on the east side of the Moat Mountains. This trail system became part of the WMNF’s trail network in the fall of 2010 and was borne out of a partnership with the White Mountains Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). Maps of this network and other non-Forest trails in the North Conway area are available. These maps can be found at the Saco Ranger District in Conway, NH, as well as at local bike shops and outdoor equipment stores. Another source for mountain bike trail information is the NEMBA website.
Rocks & Minerals
Please follow the guidelines on the kiosk regarding mineral collecting.