Appalachian Trail: Elm Street to Cape Moonshine Road

Pass Dartmouth College, hike over Smarts Mountain, and explore thick woodlands on this multi-day, 36-mile trip. Peakbaggers: Several side trails lead to nearby summits.
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Pass Dartmouth College, hike over Smarts Mountain, and explore thick woodlands on this multi-day, 36-mile trip. Peakbaggers: Several side trails lead to nearby summits.

Shelters: Velvet Rocks Shelter; sleeps 6. Moose Mountain Shelter; sleeps 8. Trapper John Shelter; sleeps 6. Hexacuba Shelter; sleeps 8.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 58.3

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 43.7114983, -72.3239822

AT turns E onto Elm where you roadwalk 1mi. until Main St.; parking

WPT001

Location: 43.7025833, -72.2647476

Velvet Rocks Shelter

WPT002

Location: 43.9015503, -71.9846649

AT turns E along NH 25A .15mi before turning W; Gilmans Corner

WPT002

Location: 43.7006683, -72.2666702

Trail to Velvet Rocks Shelter

WPT002

Location: 43.7130547, -72.3083038

AT turns east (right) onto US 5. Optional: To reach the Norwich Public Library, turn left and follow the road for 0.2 mile.

WPT002

Location: 43.7023315, -72.2895355

AT follows S. Main St. Tip: Free slice of pizza for thru-hikers just a bit further down Main St. (see signs in shelters for the details).

WPT003

Location: 43.7836151, -72.1079178

Jeep trail

WPT003

Location: 43.7168121, -72.3086777

Norwich Public Library: This hiker-friendly library is a good place to check your e-mail.

WPT003

Location: 43.6978683, -72.2808838

COOP Groceries

WPT003

Location: 43.7042503, -72.2615814

Trail to shelter

WPT003

Location: 43.915699, -71.9647369

Cape Moonshine Road; parking

WPT004

Location: 43.6970482, -72.2805634

AT turns W following the edge of a field

WPT004

Location: 43.7925987, -72.1030807

AT crosses Lyme Dorchester rd; hike up the rd briefly before veering E back onto the trail

WPT004

Location: 43.7020836, -72.245697

Rock area

WPT005

Location: 43.7032013, -72.2422333

swamp

WPT005

Location: 43.7023163, -72.2647629

Velvet Rocks Shelter

WPT006

Location: 43.7028847, -72.2372513

Blue-blazed trail

WPT006

Location: 43.7968254, -72.0717392

Lyme-Dorchester Road; water source; Smarts Mountain Ranger TR

WPT007

Location: 43.7047997, -72.2299194

Trail

WPT007

Location: 43.8036995, -72.0672302

180-degree views

WPT008

Location: 43.8153648, -72.0611343

View to the ESE

WPT008

Location: 43.7052994, -72.229599

Trescott Rd; parking

WPT008

Location: 43.7034035, -72.2983551

AT continues straight. To take a dip in the Connecticut River, turn left and follow road.

WPT009

Location: 43.7035179, -72.2895584

Dartmouth Outing Club Office: This office maintains this section of the AT.

WPT009

Location: 43.7009392, -72.2894363

AT turns W (left) on Lebanon St.

WPT009

Location: 43.7068176, -72.2197342

Doubletrack

WPT009

Location: 43.8266335, -72.0446014

Smarts Mtn. Ranger Trail

WPT010

Location: 43.7827072, -72.1080475

Trail to shelter

WPT010

Location: 43.7066154, -72.2130203

Stream

WPT010

Location: 43.8256149, -72.0399475

Smarts Tent Site

WPT011

Location: 43.704216, -72.2121506

Etna-Hanover Center Rd

WPT011

Location: 43.8255157, -72.038063

Fire tower; great panoramic view

WPT012

Location: 43.8252983, -72.0375519

Firewarden's Cabin

WPT012

Location: 43.7177505, -72.1762466

Three Mile Road

WPT013

Location: 43.7174149, -72.1685028

Harris Trail

WPT013

Location: 43.8648987, -72.0379639

River; small waterfalls (south branch)

WPT014

Location: 43.7169151, -72.15802

AT crosses an unmarked trail

WPT014

Location: 43.8656158, -72.0371704

Gravel road

WPT015

Location: 43.7201004, -72.145401

Moose Mtn. South Peak (2,250 ft.); views to SSE

WPT015

Location: 43.8671684, -72.0327988

Eastman Ledges; view to the SW

WPT016

Location: 43.870285, -72.0286636

North Branch (Stream )

WPT017

Location: 43.7249184, -72.1501312

Orange-Black-Orange Blaze Trail

WPT017

Location: 43.8762169, -72.0268631

Hexacuba Shelter

WPT018

Location: 43.7266006, -72.1499023

Trail to Moose Mtn. Shelter

WPT018

Location: 43.8751335, -72.0282669

Trail to Hexacuba Shelter

WPT019

Location: 43.7281342, -72.1500168

2nd trail to Moose Mtn. Shelter

WPT019

Location: 43.8751831, -72.0283813

Stream

WPT020

Location: 43.7057495, -72.3059845

AT follows US 5 to Hanover, just across the Conn. River is Dartmouth

WPT021

Location: 43.7037849, -72.2999649

VT/NH state line. Look at the engraving on the Ledyard Bridge crossing the Connecticut River.

WPT021

Location: 43.877285, -72.03405

View to the S

WPT022

Location: 43.7048569, -72.2988052

Take a cool dip in the Connecticut River with Dartmouth students and rinse away the sweat and grime before heading into the town of Hanover.

WPT022

Location: 43.8857002, -72.0235825

Mt. Cube: The south summit has great 180-degree views

WPT023

Location: 43.7529182, -72.1247025

Goose Pond Road

WPT024

Location: 43.7750511, -72.1057816

View to the E (Holts Ledge)

WPT024

Location: 43.8864174, -72.0235138

Trail to N Peak Mt. Cube

WPT025

Location: 43.8856163, -72.0035172

Trail

WPT025

Location: 43.7766685, -72.1050797

Watch closely for where the white blazes turn W

WPT026

Location: 43.782917, -72.1112671

Trapper John Shelter

WPT026

Location: 43.8852158, -72.0018997

Brackett Brook

WPT028

Location: 43.8879509, -71.9978333

Stream

WPT029

Location: 43.8957825, -71.990036

Gravel Road

Views from North Peak

Location: 43.7443161, -72.134285

Views

Location: 43.8034382, -72.0661926

Views from Smarts Mountain

Location: 43.8251771, -72.0369244

Hexacuba Shelter

Location: 43.8763161, -72.026886