Trails

Trail Use during Winter Season

Please note that the trails are open year round; however, only the following City-owned** trail head parking lots are plowed: 

 **Please note, not all of the trails in the trail guide are owned and maintained by the City.  Several trails are owned and maintained by the State or other private entity. For example, the State maintains the lot access to White Farm cross-country ski trails, but does not maintain the Sewalls Falls Recreation Area lot. The Audubon Society and SPNHF lots are maintained by those organizations.
 
For cross-country skiing, groomed trails can be found at White Farm (Map 17) and Beaver Meadow Golf Course. For more information and recommendations for other cross-country skiing locations in Concord, click here.
 
On fresh snow, please use snowshoes.  Bare-booting can cause "post-holing" which is a potential hazard for trail users. On heavily used trails, the snow gets packs down and the trails can get icy.  In those conditions, we recommend using microspikes or cleats, and walking poles.    

Announcements

Trails Closure

Weir Road - Boscawen Town Forest Trails (12/30/21):  NH Fish & Game has decommissioned the Hirst Marsh Trail connection between Queen Street and the Dagody Hill Trail in Boscawen.  A short trail to the marsh from the Queen Street trailhead remains, dead-ending at the dam. See revised Map 4.

Trail Re-routes

The Rossview Connector and Swope Connector trails have been rerouted to avoid sensitive areas and wet areas, and to address impacts to farm operations at Rossview Farm. Please see revised Map 28. Please remember, bicycles are not allowed on the Rossview Farm Easement. Dogs are welcome on leash.  You are a visitor to this property, please respect the landowner and the land. The farm was conserved to ensure viability for generations. Public cooperation and respect for the land is vital to this mission. 

Trail Guides
Trail maps and the Trail Guide can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. You may also purchase trail guides for $11 per guide at the Planning Division, 41 Green Street, 3rd floor. If you prefer to have a guide mailed to you, please mail a check for $13 made out to the City of Concord, to the Planning Division (additional cost to cover mailing). Please include your name and address. 


Trail Use and COVID-19 

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. Although authorities have closed schools and many businesses, most outdoor spaces remain open. As we seek solace and health in the outdoors, it is important that we also protect the health of all of our neighbors. Many trail and outdoor organizations have issued guidelines for using outdoor spaces, including:
  • Avoid high use areas when choosing to recreate. If you see a lot of cars at a trailhead, try a different trail (lots of choices in Concord, see the list below!) or go during a different time of day.
  • Make the health of everyone in our community a priority. Go outside only if you are feeling healthy and you have not had close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • If you have to drive to access outdoor spaces, do not carpool with non-household members.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting, including the outdoors.
  •  Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need social distance as well (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).

HIKING TRAILS 

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The Trail Guide Book can be printed or is available for purchase for $11 from the Planning Division, City Hall third floor.  

Map: 
Mast Yard State Forest Trail
Jim Hill Riverwalk & Lehtinen Park Trail
O'Reilly-Fleetham Trail
Weir Road-Boscawen Town Forest Trail
Contoocook River Park Trail
Rolfe Park Trail
Spear's Park Trail
Riley Trail
Carter Hill Orchard Trail
10 Sewalls Falls Park Trail
11 Morono Park Trail 
12 
Oak Hill Trail
13 Merrill Park Trail
14 SPNHF Trail
15 Batchelder Mill Road Trails
16 East Sugar Ball Road Trail

17 Turkey River - White Farm Trail
18 Upton-Morgan State Forest Interpretive Trail
19 Terrill Park Trail 
20 East Concord Heritage Trail
21 Winant Park Trail
22 Dimond Hill Farm Trail
23 Walkers Reserve Trail
24 NH Audubon Society Trail
25 Marjory Swope Park Trail
26 West End Farm Trail
27 Merrimack River Trail
28 WEFT & Carter Hill Connector and Rossview Trails
29 Russell Martin Park Trails
30 Broken Ground Trails
31 Swope Winant Connector Trail

Trail Regulations

The following uses are prohibited on City lands and trails, per City Ordinance:
  • Motorized wheeled vehicles
  • Camping
  • Fires
  • Littering (including failing to pick up after your pet)

Trail Use


The City trails are maintained by many volunteers. We appreciate your cooperation to help keep the trails in excellent shape! If you would like to help out by cleaning up trash at the trail heads, check out the City's Blue Bag program.

Please note the following guidelines to ensure that the trails remain in their natural state and open to the public:
  • Carry out what you carry in (including dog poop bags!)
  • Please stay on the marked trails.
  • Please do not disturb the plants and wildlife.
  • Please respect the private property that surrounds the trails.
  • Please follow our Trail Manners for You and Your Dog
Make sure you are properly equipped and prepared for country hiking. Some of our trails are long, rough, or steep and are not suited for novice hikers or cross-country skiers. Be sure to read the trail descriptions and view the topographic contours of the maps.