NH §8: NH-25A to Lyme-Dorchester Road (Dartmouth Skiway)

New Hampshire §8 spans 16 miles. Parking is available for six mileposts.

Mp 0.0/16.0: NH-25A [Orford Road]

Locate: {43.90137, -71.98399}

Orient: The trail crosses NH-25A 9.8 mi east of NH-10 in Orford and 4.5 mi west of NH-118 in Wentworth. The crossing is just east of a Camp Merriwood and just west of the bridge over Pond Brook. There are hiker-crossing signs on road approach from both directions.

Park: Large pull-off at trail crossing, on south side of road.

Mp 3.5/12.5: via Cross-Rivendell Trail from Baker Road

Locate: {43.88588, -72.04777}

Orient: Trail head is between 0.9 mi and 1.5 mi south of NH-25A, where NH-25 is 6.2 mi east of NH-10 in Orford and 8.2 mi west of NH-116 in Wentworth. These coordinates on Baker Road are estimates.

Park: Roadside parking, on west side.

Connect: Follow Cross-Rivendell Trail south 1.5 mi to AT.

Mp 6.3/9.7: S Jacobs Brook Rd

Locate: {43.86821, -72.04555}

Orient: Follow NH-25A to Quinttown Road, 3.8 mi east of NH-10 in Orford and 10.6 mi west of NH-118 in Wentworth. Gravel Quinttown Road branches east from NH-25A. Follow Quinttown Road 2.4 mi to its end at gated intersection with South Jacobs Brook Road.

Park: Roadside parking for several cars; do not block gate. This is the south-southeast terminus of Quinttown Road at its gated intersection with South Jacobs Brook Road.

Connect: Follow S Jacobs Brook Road southeast from the gate about 0.5 mi to the trail crossing {43.86595, -72.03705}; a gradual uphill walk. There is a second gate at a bridge about halfway to the trail. At the crossing, both northbound and southbound directions are marked, as Kodak Trail and J-Trail respectively.

Mp 10.2/5.8: via Daniel Doan Trail from Mousley Brook Road

Locate: {43.88358, -72.07801}

Orient: Follow NH-25A to Quinttown Road, 3.8 mi east of NH-10 in Orford and 10.6 mi west of NH-118 in Wentworth. Gravel Quinttown Road branches east from NH-25A. Follow Quinttown Road 1.8 mi to right onto Mousley Brook Road. Follow Mousley Brook Road 0.7 to its end (presumably).

Park: Looks to be roadside parking at end of Mousley Brook Road.

Connect: Follow Daniel Doan Trail 3.5 mi to AT.

Mp 14.0/2.0: Dorchester Rd

Locate: {43.79706, -72.07164}

Orient: The crossing is 1.7 mi east of the intersection of Dorchester Road with and Grafton Turnpike. Dorchester Road is gravel along this stretch.

Park: Medium lot, on east side of road. This lot also serves the blue-blazed Ranger Trail to Smarts Mountain, at the north end of the lot.

Mp 16.0/0.0: Grafton Turnpike at Dartmouth Skiway

Locate: {43.79082, -72.10135}

Orient: Coming from the northwest in Lyme, paved Dorchester road forks at the AT crossing into gravel Dorchester Road (continuing east-northeast) and paved Grafton Turnpike (bending south-southeast). Signs prohibit parking at this intersection.

Park: Large, roadside lot at the north end of Dartmouth skiway's parking lot, a short hop south of trail crossing at the intersection of Dorchester Road and Grafton Turnpike; signed for hikers, no gate, no fee.

Connect: Follow the road north-northwest about 0.1 mi to crossing.