Cooks Pond and Cooks River

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Cooks Pond and Cooks River is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Madison, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
282 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



paddle sports

trail running




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.

8 months ago

We were looking for an easy hike with water and that's not what we got. Parked at marked location and started hike on same side as parking. Realized quickly we were on the wrong side because there was a lot of elevation change. Walked back to parking and went in on the other side (where the big sign is). About 800 feet in came to the Cooks Pond Loop sign (odd placement, but okay). Stayed on Cooks Pond Loop (at least we think we did) and didn't find access to any water. We could see it through the trees at a few points, but that was all. So, it's a nice rolling hike with lots of small elevation change. We saw a lot of little frogs. It was clean and lightly traveled. It just wasn't what we were looking for.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great trail.

1 month ago

Saturday, May 06, 2017

trail running
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Friday, August 02, 2013