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Nature & Recreation

Casalis Forest

228 acres of forest, trails, pond, and streams, wetlands and a mini gorge. The parking area is located one mile from Route 101 on Route 123 toward Sharon.

Crotched Mountain

Crotched Mountain Road in Greenfield, NH
Accessible easy hiking trails.

8/10 mile each way with grades of no more than 8%. Climbs to a knoll with observation deck for panoramic views. Path crosses wild blueberry fields and open grasslands.

Dutton Brook
Woodland trail, 2 mi round trip, featuring diverse forest and animal habitats including an abandoned beaver built wetland. Boardwalks and observation decks for viewing/education about our native flora and fauna.

Harris Center for Conservation Education

83 King's Highway, Hancock, NH
Educational programs and events related to conservation.

West Side Trails
Moderate to steep climbs up to dramatic vistas. Trail lengths range from 2.0 miles round trip to a 4.5-mile loop. The Harriskat Trail is also home to wood carvings by local artist Jack McWhorter.

East Side Trail
Features fairly easy hiking through hemlock and hardwood forests to huge glacial rocks. Trail lengths vary from 0.4 to 1.6 mile.

Eastview & North Pond Trails
Runs 1.4 miles along the old rail bed for the Manchester & Keene Railroad line, The nearby North Pond Trail follows the shore of North Pond for additional 1.6 miles. Parking off Hancock Road in Harrisville, just southeast of the North Pond dam opposite a large granite abutment.

Hiroshi Loop Trail
1.9-mile trail gently winds through field, forest,along Nubanusit Brook and Dinsmore Pond. Offers two musical hiking experiences-The Singing Stream and In Fine Feather. Parking at Hiroshi field on the east side of Route 137, 2.1 miles north of the intersection of Routes 101 and 137 in Dublin.

Jaquith Rail Trail
Runs 1.5 miles along the old rail bed for the Manchester & Keene Railroad line and includes a repurposed historic steel truss bridge across Jaquith Brook. Parking via a small trail head off Jaquith Road in Hancock, just west of a large granite abutment.

Old Dublin to Eaton Road Rail Trail
Offers an easy, flat 0.7-mile walk one way along the old Manchester & Keene Railroad . Parking off Old Dublin Road 0.9 miles after the Hancock Post Office and left into the driveway for #92 marked by a large boulder.

Partridge Woods & Kulish Ledges
Spans 10 miles along old woods, roads , an old mill site, a scenic brook, several vistas, and the summit of Osgood Hill: elevation 2233′. Parking off Brickyard Road or on Old Stoddard Road.

Madame Sherri Forest

Gulf Road West Chesterfield NH 
Ruins in the forest of the summer home of Madame Antoinette Sherri, a theatrical costume designer who worked in NYC in the early 1900s.The home featured extensive stonework including a roman arch stairway, and ornate interior, where she lavishly entertained. The house burned down completely in 1963. Reportedly haunted.

Anne Stokes Loop Trail
A 2 mile moderate hike passing Indian Pond up a small hill for views, then through a hemlock forest.

Wantastiquet Mountain
A moderate 3 mi hike with views of the Connecticut River and Mt Monadnock.

Miller State Park

13 Miller State Pk Rd, Peterborough, NH 
The oldest state park in New Hampshire located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock, A winding 1.3 mile paved auto road leads to the summit and fire tower. Views of Mt Monadnock, Mt Kearsarge, Mt Cardigan, Mt Watatic, Mt Watchusett, and the Boston skyline. Bathrooms and picnic tables available at summit.

1.3 mile to peak on paved steep auto road.

Marion Davis
A 1.4 mi moderate hike with mountain views. Rocky in several sections but incline is gradual.

Wapack Trail
A 21.5-mile hiking trail that runs north-south over a half-dozen small mountains, none taller than 2,300 feet, from Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, to North Pack Monadnock in Greenfield, New Hampshire. It runs alongside ponds and wetlands, through dark woods and open blueberry fields, past stone walls and cellar holes, and across ledges and summits with fine views of Boston to the hills of Vermont. Also reached from The Temple Mountain Reservation.

Monadnock State Park

169 Poole Road Jaffrey, NH 
The highest mountain peak in southern NH at 3165 feet. Considered the most hiked mountain in the US with 38 trails. All trails are moderate to challenging and lead to the denuded peak with spectacular views.


7 miles, challenging

White Arrow/Old Halfway House Trail
4.4 miles, challenging

White Cross/White Dot Trails
3.8 mi challenging

Peterborough Town Trails

Common Pathway
6.5 mile easy walk on level terrain beginning at the Noone Falls area and following the Contoocook River corridor by a combination of the old rail bed, sidewalks through the downtown area, and two highway underpasses. Parking on Summer Street.

Cranberry Meadow Pond
From Old Street Road to East Mountain Road, 2.2-miles along wetland and winding brook, through hemlock and oak forests. Parking on East Mountain Road.

Evans Flats
A 1.6 mile forested trail along the Nubanusit Brook lowlands. This 109 acre property conserves wetlands, aquifer and floodplains. Some rough terrain. Trailhead/ kiosk are at the Evans Road off Elm Street. Dogs are not allowed.

Fremont Trail
Mixed habitats accessed by a 2 mile trail through open field and forest The trailhead is located on Old Jaffrey Road, .5 mile from Route 202 at Noone Falls.

Old Railroad Trail
This flat trail follows the old B&M Railroad bed along the Contoocook River corridor. Trailhead and parking are just beyond the town Recycling Center on Scott Mitchell Road, off Route 202N.

Raymond Trail
Moderate to rugged 1.6-mile climb up the west side of Pack Monadnock . Limited parking at the trailhead on East Mountain Road, .9 mile north off Route 101.

Seccombe Trail
Short .8 mile woodland trail starting near the Adams Playground pool on Union Street and leading uphill past the old Seccombe family cemetery. Gravestones honor a son and daughter who perished along with 1,196 others when the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in 1915.

Wheeler Trail
A short loop hike over easy terrain. The trail meanders through mature forest along Wallace Brook and and links with Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail. Limited parking at the trail head, located on Route 101, .7 mile east of the Route 101/202 traffic lights.

Shieling Forest State Park, Trails & Forestry Learning Center

395 Old Street Road Peterborough NH 
47 acre forest includes forestry learning center (library, educational seminars and demonstrations), historic homestead and wildflower garden of original owner and author Elizabeth Yates McGreal. Easy hiking trails.

Shieling Forest Loop Hike
1.5 mile of connecting trails through the woods and past the wildflower garden.