Trail Last Updated: 09/07/2023

Madison Boulder

This is one of the most popular, accessible outdoor attractions in the Valley.   Go to the end of Boulder Road, off of Route 113 and park. The trail distance is 0.6 mile round trip.  Go through the gate and follow a flat, wide, serene trail with gravel, sandy terrain that can be navigated with wheeled walker. There are excellent explanations regarding geology and history of the area. According to the Madison Conservation Commission, the Madison Boulder is the largest glacial erratic in New England and among the largest in the world. Excellent Grandparent-Grandchild hike.

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Trail Last Updated: 09/07/2023

Madison Boulder Woods Preserve

There is a spur off to the right from the Boulder trail, taking you into Nature Conservancy protected forest.  The trail is narrower – single file – and has one stretch that is at an incline. It is an amble in the woods with the river gurgling off to the left.  Go as far as you would like and return.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/04/2023

Cooks Pond Forest Trail

Take East Shore Road off of Route 41 and then turn right on Lead Mine Road. Dedicated parking is about 200 yards on right. Park in Goodwin Town Forest lot. Cross the road and access the trail on the left. The route is 1.4 mile round trip to Cooks Pond. Follow well placed Nature Conservancy trail markers for the Cooks Pond Forest Trail. A loop hike is available for a total distance of 2.3 miles with more ups and downs.

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Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

Ossipee Pine Barrens

There are multiple trails of various lengths from this trailhead on land that is owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The most popular is the 1.6 mile out and back ADA Accessible trail on compacted rock that is designed to accommodate some wheelchairs. Consistent 5 feet wide path with wider corridor. Walk through the globally rare pitch pine/scrub oak ecosystem. Listen to the varied and rare birdsong. Parking at trailhead off Route 41. Kiosk has additional information. ADA accessible trail opened fall of 2018.

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Helpful Tips

  1. Plan and educate yourself about the difficulty ratings of walking paths – easy, moderate or difficult. Carry a guidebook with maps or take a photograph of kiosk trail head maps.
  2. Walk with a friend for safety and companionship. If hiking alone, be sure to tell a friend or a relative where you are hiking. Carry a smart phone, but also ensure there is coverage.
  3. Stay on designated paths, respect private and public land. Be considerate of animal wildlife habitat and wild plants – take pictures and leave nature undisturbed.
  4. Stay hydrated, carry water and snacks.
  5. Have appropriate hiking footwear with good traction.
  6. Wear appropriate clothing based on daily weather conditions and temperatures. Consider sunglasses, insect repellent (ticks), layers, trekking poles, and in the winter – micro spikes, YakTrax or snowshoes.
  7. Carry out trash and keep pets on leash unless otherwise posted and bring bags to dispose of pet wastes.
  8. Assess the parking situation at the trailhead, be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables in the car.
  9. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up before hiking.
  10. Stop regularly to ensure everyone is comfortable with the pace, the terrain, and their physical condition.

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