Cooks Pond and Cooks River is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Madison, NH and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for trail running and canoeing and is accessible from April until October.
This trail explores unique pitch pine forests and red oak woodlands in the northern part of the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve. The trails offer views to the lovely and remote Cooks Pond, and follow unique esker systems. Eskers are deposits of sand and gravel that were formed in massive cracks in the continental glaciers that once covered the area. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, and is an excellent place for walking, fishing, observing wildlife, and snowmobiling. Camping, fires or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash. For a trail map and more information, visit: www.nature.org/newhampshire/ossipeepinebarrens.