Three people walk along the Hanock Rail Trail in autumn. (photo © Russ Cobb)


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Whether you're looking for a gentle stroll or a challenging hike with rewarding views, the Harris Center has a trail for you. All of our trails are free of charge and open to the public year-round. Dogs are welcome, but they must be on-leash at all times.

The view from the summit of Skatutakee Mountain. (photo © Lynne Pitts)

West Side Trails

The West Side Trails to Skatutakee Mountain, Thumb Mountain, and Cobb Hill in Hancock offer moderate to steep climbs up to dramatic vistas. Trail lengths range from 2.0 miles roundtrip up Cobb Hill to a 4.5-mile loop over the summits of both Thumb and Skatutakee.

Parking: Park at the Harris Center for the Harriskat and Thumbs Down trails. The Cadot Trailhead is on Old Dublin Road, and the Cobb Hill Trailhead is on Jaquith Road, both in Hancock. The parking areas for the Cobb Hill and Cadot Trails may not be plowed in the winter months.

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Hikers consult the trail kiosk at the Harris Center. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

East Side Trails

The East Side trail system in Hancock features fairly easy hiking through cool hemlock and hardwood forests to huge glacial erratics. Trail lengths vary from 0.4 to 1.6 miles, with the potential to stitch together a loop hike of up to 4.5 miles via Old King’s Highway and the Dandelyon, Boulder Train Loop, Babbitt, and Channing Trails.

Parking: Park at the Harris Center for all the trails in the East Side network.

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The view from East Pinnacle on the Kulish Ledges Trail. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Kulish Ledges & Bailey Brook Trails

The Bailey Brook Conservation Corridor in Nelson offers two fantastic options: the Kulish Ledges Trail, which features a moderately strenuous 3.0-mile roundtrip hike and two spectacular vistas, and the Bailey Brook Trail, an easy, 0.9-mile loop to a former mill site.

Parking: Parking for both trails is on the south side of Old Stoddard Road in Nelson, 1.4 miles from the junction with Route 123 (where Old Stoddard Road is called Bailey Brook Road) and 3 miles from Nelson village. The parking area may not be plowed in the winter months.

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The view of Dinsmore Pond from the Hiroshi Loop Trail. (photo © Will Holden)

Hiroshi Loop Trail

The 1.9-mile Hiroshi Loop Trail in Peterborough gently winds its way through field, forest, and along Nubanusit Brook, and offers a gorgeous view of Dinsmore Pond.

Parking: Trailhead parking is in the Hiroshi field on the east side of Route 137, 2.1 miles north of the intersection of Routes 101 and 137 in Dublin and just south of the Harrisville town line.

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A happy hiker snowshoes on the footbridge over Nubanusit Brook, on the Eastview Trail. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Eastview & North Pond Trails

The Eastview Trail in Harrisville runs 1.4 miles along the old rail bed for the Manchester & Keene Railroad line, which opened in 1878 and was abandoned in 1936. The nearby North Pond Trail follows the shore of North Pond for additional 1.6 miles.

Parking: You can access the both trails via a small trailhead off Hancock Road in Harrisville, just southeast of the North Pond dam and opposite a large granite abutment.

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Meade Cadot leads a group of hikers on a winter stroll along the Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Jaquith Rail Trail

The Jaquith Rail Trail in Harrisville and Hancock runs 1.5 miles along the old rail bed for the Manchester & Keene Railroad line, and includes a repurposed historic steel truss bridge across beautiful Jaquith Brook. It connects to the Eastview Trail at Jaquith Road in Harrisville.

Parking: You can access the Jaquith Rail Trail via a small trailhead off Jaquith Road in Hancock, just west of a large granite abutment.

Important note: A timber harvest is being conducted by a neighboring landowner on land bordering the rail trail through the end of September 2019, weather permitting. Please watch for machinery crossing the eastern section of the trail, and pass at your own risk.

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Contact Us

For more information on Harris Center trails, please contact Eric Masterson at (603) 525-3394 or by email.