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Cotton Valley Rail-Trail is a 11.2 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Wolfeboro, New Hampshire that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 288 ft Route type Point to Point

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This is an awesome trail to walk or bike on. It has beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Wentworth as well as many wooded miles. The Path is well maintained.

Park downtown Wolfeboro at the old train station. You will see the sign for the beginning Path behind the railroad station.

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Kim Baker
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RunningGreat!

Nice flat heavily trafficked trail. Need to watch your footing at times as old rail ties still remain. Beautiful water, mountain and forest views. A few bridges too, which are always fun!

Jon Sweeney
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Great Rail trail. Walked west from the the old railroad Turntable in Wakefield. treacherous crossing route 16, so be careful. otherwise great conditions and well maintained.

Dee Z
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Hiking

easy nice trail with some beautiful views and not super crowded

Kristin Longenecker
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Patrick Lanoue
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Walking

Great for families!

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Lori Weeks
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Walking

This is the kind of trail that is what you make it. If you are looking for a hike this is not it... it's much more of a walking, jogging, stroller trail. You stay very close to town throughout so a lot of car noise. There's also A LOT of people. We found rocks to climb on, made mud pies, saved a bumblebee and made our way to a beach. It was a nice walk with pretty views but I would not qualify it as a hike.

Amber Witham
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Hiking

Easy, flat, and well-maintained trail. Great for bike rides and runs. Very accessible in all seasons

Christopher Stevens
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Alex Doering
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Mountain bikingBlowdownMuddy

I biked this path as a single out and back. The trail was paved towards Wolfeboro and well-packed gravel later on. It was a little icy and muddy in some places, but still easily traversable on a hybrid bike. The views of Wentworth Lake and the train turnstile in Wakefield were particularly spectacular. For those trying to socially distance, the trail was moderately trafficked on the day I went, which was an overcast weekday

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Derrick Radford
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Mountain biking

This was my first long distance ride and I couldn't be more pleased with this rail trail. It's well maintained a has many beautiful little nooks and crannies. I'll be back.

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Jillian Darling
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Hiking

Very easy, wide, walking trail with lovely views of lake and river. Goes near some houses and crosses some roads.

Dawson Allwine
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Mountain bikingMuddySnow

Great trail, currently biking is not easily possible past Albee Beach coming from Wolfeboro. Past Albee Beach there are long patches of unmelted snow and slush that make biking very difficult.

Mike E
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Hiking

Excellent trail.

B Slavik
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Jeffrey Mintz
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Hiking

Great hike with beautiful waterways and lakes. We did two miles and turned around. Mostly flat. No roots +++

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Rebecca Hyson
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Sabet Stroman
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This is an amazing trail, and some of the prettiest fall views are between Wakefield and Fernald Station. ( about 8 Miles). I’ve frequently walked the trail from Fernald to Wolfeboro- it’s quick and easy w beautiful views. But now I’m in love with the other end!!! Beautiful for fall!

Philip Meyer
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Road biking

This trail now goes all the way from Wolfeboro to Sanbornville and is beautiful. 12 miles long. Rail crossings can grab your bike tire if not careful.

Francie H
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perfect for a morning run or walk. 4 miles round-trip if start in Wolfeboro and go up to Albee Beach.

Susan Connolly
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Pretty

Steve Vorce
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Lake, Mountain View’s, beach, river, historic mill and railroad features with placards showing historic pics. The trailhead and public bathrooms are right in Wolfeboro town. Stop there for lunch after. Wow

Don Huffman
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Mountain biking

My wife and I enjoyed the views along this trail. it is beautifully maintained. However the trail has been expanded and now covers the distance from Wolfeboro, NH to Wakefield, NH; a distance of 12 miles. We started at the trailhead at the old historic Depot in Wolfsboro which also houses the Chamber of Commerce. There is plenty of parking at this location. Our only caution is to use extreme care when crossing the rails with the bikes as the bike tires slide easily making a large potential for injuries. Have fun it is a gorgeous ride.

Matt Fogle
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Hiking

Great hike...great look at the lakes

Sue Iwanicki
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Awesome trail for all ages and abilities. Great views as well, but not really a hike more of a walk.

Thomas Zotti
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Running

Great on running snowshoes too.

Anthony Patti
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Walking

Follows the old Sanbornville to Wolfeboro scenic railroad track. 12 miles one way. Time it n time for lunch at Lino’s in Sanbornville.

Thomas Zotti
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Trail completed from downtown Wolfeboro to Wakefield as of 9/30/2017. 12 miles in one direction.

Lacey Bartholomew
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Mountain biking

What a great trail! So beautiful!

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