The Park is located on Long Sands Rd. off of Rt. 25 in Ossipee. It is 2.3 miles East of Rt.16 and 2.9 miles West from Rt.153N. There are 5 walking trails.

There are 5 walking trails. Go past the entrance to the park and turn right onto Conservation Rd. Follow the signs to” Hiking Trails” and park in the circular loop. These trails are easily accessible, but not considered ADA Handicap accessible. If done together they form a 2 mile long round trip.

 Deer Run Trail – .23 mile one way North side of lot. It is the wider and flatter of the trails. Part of it is a board walk over the wetlands. At the north end it crosses a dirt road (Long Sands) and ends on the southern side of Ossipee Lake with a beautiful view.

Moose Trail .23 mile is at the southern side of the parking lot. Red markings. It joins with Green Mountain Trail which bears to the right and loops around back to Moose.

Green Mountain is .34 mile. This is in the woods and has slightly higher grades.

Beaver Trail – .25 mile and Hill Top – .3 mile. At the end of Moose Mountain Trail, turn right and you will see an intersection of Hill Top Trail that goes to the right, and Beaver trail that goes to the left. On Beaver there are beautiful views of the Beaver Bog and a bench for resting.  They both loop around and join one another.

 

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0.23 mile one way (0.46 out and back)  is at north side of lot. It is the wider and flatter of the trails. Part of it is a board walk over the wetlands. The north end crosses a dirt road (Long Sands) and ends on the southern side of Ossipee Lake with a beautiful view.

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0.23 miles is at the southern side of the parking loop with red markings. It joins with Green Mountain Trail which bears to the right and loops around back to Moose.

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Green Mountain Natural Area Trail is located on Green Mountain Rd., a few hundred feet from the intersection of Rt. 153N/Rt 25. Green Mountain Road continues south off of Rt. 153N when it intersects with Rt. 25. There is no parking area. Be sure to park far enough off the road. The trail is .5 mile one way, (1 mile round trip) Follow the arrows. it goes to the right and the left.

Further West on Rt. 25, (3.2 miles from 153 N, and 8.3 miles from Rt. 16), you will take a right onto Huntress Bridge Rd. Go over the bridge and on your left is the headquarters of GMCC – Blue Heron House. This is a beautiful sanctuary with two interpretive nature trails:

Great Blue Heron Trail is a .2-mile loop.
Artemis Trail is .4 mi one way. (.8 mile round trip)

 

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At the end of Moose Mountain Trail, turn right and you will see an intersection of Hill Top Trail that goes to the right, and Beaver trail that goes to the left. They both loop around and join one another. Hill Top is .24 Mi. long; Beaver Trail is .31Mi. (Last updated May 2023)

There is ample parking in both lots.

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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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