Distance: 3.4 miles, round trip
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Managed by: Town of Bethel
The primary portion of the Bethel Pathway is a one-mile, paved, multiple-use trail winding along the Androscoggin River just at the edge of downtown Bethel.
The trailhead for the trail is Davis Park, located at the intersection of Route 26 (Weeks Mills Rd) and Parkway Road, where there is ample parking, picnic tables, and toilet facilities. A smaller parking lot off of Route 2 next to Dunkin Donuts can also be used to access the trail..
The Bethel Pathway is the ideal place for a safe, easy walk in Bethel. The Pathway winds along the river and over a covered bridge; past a popular skateboard park, playground, and community basketball court; and over the Androscoggin River before changing from pavement to an uneven surface into the woods. There are several places to stop and rest on a bench, and the pathway is an easy place to amble and while away an hour or so.
The uneven surface sections of the pathway to the west and east of the paved trail are poorly marked and end abruptly at the edge of the woods. Few people venture here, but if one does, the rewards are a beautiful woods walk, and a stroll through agricultural fields with striking views of the surrounding valley.
Collected various species of flowers with my daughter. Also picked a raspberry. We saw a chipmunk that my dog wanted to chase. Enjoyed our night on the Bethel Pathway.
Enjoyed seeing the Big Adventure Park up close! Too bad it closed down!
Mahoosuc Kids Association took the whole camp to hike Davis Park. We took 46 kids and 10 adults. This trail made it so we could go as a whole camp because it was friendly to all ages. We had a blast!
A quick and easy trail around Bethel area.
A pathway worth going out of the way to walk ???
Easy walking trail...with a good friend we were done before we knew it!
Very easy walk. We enjoyed the river views and the all the monarch butterflies!