Heaven Hill is a multi-use trail system that offers breathtaking scenery with very little effort. It's great for families or anyone looking for an easy stroll with mountain vistas. This is also a great place to walk your dog!
How to get there
To get to the parking area on Bear Cub Road, go to the intersection of state Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid and take Route 73 toward Keene. Turn right on Station Street in 0.2 miles — it's the first right after you cross the Chubb River. Follow this road for 0.75 miles and turn left on Old Military Road. Follow it for 0.9 miles, then turn right on Bear Cub Road. The trailhead is on the right after about 3 miles.
Hiking and biking
One of the perfect things about this trail system is the variety of options. There are three main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible.
- Big Field Loop: A 0.9-mile path that leads through the woods to a field adjoining the Heaven Hill Farm property. This is the shortest of the trails and it's a fun little jog.
- Old Orchard Loop: Marked by orange tags, this 1.4 mile path starts with a short walk through the woods, which leads to a large loop through a field with outstanding views of the mountains. There is a slight grade on this loop.
- Bear Cub Loop: Marked with green tags, this loop has the most options for varying its length. You can walk the main outer loop, which runs 1.5 miles, or choose to shorten or lengthen your trip by taking one of the five shorter green cross trails.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
The trails are open and ungroomed in the winter.
Heaven Hill offers the opportunity to see a wide diversity of birds, including those which make their home in meadowland, successional meadows, and woodland. Keep your eyes and ears open for Bobolinks in warmer months.