Fall foliage from the Roost Trail overlook at Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge

Magalloway River Trail

This handicapped accessible trail is about 1/3 of a mile in length and is a good place to view moose, boreal birds and waterfowl. It features an easy walk through a forested river's edge to an observation platform overlooking the backwaters of the Magalloway River. The trailhead is located about 1.5 miles north of the Refuge headquarters on Route 16.

This observation platform is a memorial to Warren E. Pearson who helped restore and run the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. He upheld meaningful traditions of the past, set an outstanding example for the future, and derived much enjoyment from this natural treasure.

Roost Trail

This 1.2 mile out and back trail is located on Route 16 across from the refuge canoe launch. Parking, an informational kiosk, and a restroom are available at the canoe launch. To access the trail, cross Route 16, then walk west to the trail head sign (left towards the refuge office). The first section of trail crosses private land so please be respectful and stay on the trail. Cross over the foot bridge and look for the hiking symbol on the edge of the woods. Once in the woods, follow the red diamond trail markers. The trail starts northward behind Northern Outfitters then takes a left and climbs steadily uphill. This moderately steep, forested trail ends at the top of a cliff with a superb view overlooking the refuge and Umbagog area. 

Observe glacial erratics, vernal pools, and conifer forests on this hike. To view a map of the Roost Trail.

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