Road Trip Leg 12: Nederland


“Ned” as anyone local, or semi close to the community would call it is our next leg of the adventure. Sitting at 8,228 feet elevation, you have three options to get here, it all just depends on the scenery you want. Above “google’s way” is highlighted taking you past Maryland Mountain and up highway 119. A slightly more exciting way will take you up 119 until you get off and go behind the open space. This way takes a little longer, but might add the sweeter views. Or, you can take 46 directly north, and close to Tremont Mountain for some more scenic “off the beaten pathway” experiences. 

While in Ned you’ll want to: 

Get pizza

Ride the carousel

Hike the hikes

Enjoy the Res

Camp the night 

Get Pizza at Backcountry pizza. You can get it to enjoy there, or pick it up to go, but this perfect pie meal is always a great start to a Ned adventure. From Backcountry, enjoy a beverage and walk over to the hand carved wooden carousel. Called the Carousel of Happiness, dig deep and find your inner child as you select the animal you want to experience this circular journey with. Enjoy the art, feel the joy that was put into each and every piece and laugh as you go around. 


Don't forget to take a stop at the Train Car Coffee Shop before continuing through this adventure. 

To hike, you'll want to check out the 4th of July Trailhead. This hike is kid friendly, and the views are incredible. Soak them in for yourself.

Barker Meadow Reservoir is the landmark to know you’re in town. A captivating lake in the center of town. This is a public Reservoir, but does not offer any boat access or swimming of any kind, you can fish, or picnic by the shores. 

I’d camp the evening you’re here. Past the reservoir there’s open camping at Rainbow Lakes, Magnolia Camp Ground and Kelly Dahl, between these three areas you’re sure to find a place to rest.


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