If recent summers are an indicator of what this summer might look like, the odds of having to wait for a parking spot to open at New England’s most popular trailheads are high. People throughout the Northeast and nationwide began have spend more time in recent years in rural destinations, paddling, hiking, climbing and enjoying our outdoor spaces.
While the heightened interest in outdoor recreation was largely welcomed, it did add a lot of stress to mountain towns and trail networks. Stories began to circulate about travelers waiting multiple hours for a parking spot to open up at the trailhead for North Conway’s Diana’s Baths, and “no parking” signs began to appear around other overcrowded spots in the Mount Washington Valley and beyond.
Luckily, there are endless options for those looking to spend more time hiking and less time navigating crowds this summer.
And just because there isn’t a line of cars waiting to get into the parking area doesn’t mean they are any less spectacular.