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Edward MacDowell Lake Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Peterborough, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 288 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: This route requires more than a mile of walking along a paved road with vehicular traffic.

2 months ago

Odd loop. (includes woods, highway, snowmobile trails.) Not 2 miles. some really beautiful views of the river and lake.

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3 months ago

Great trails with lake front walking! Parking lot is easy to find. The trail closets to the lake is super easy with an offshoot or two into the woods. The trails through the forest (on the bathroom side) is rockier and hillier in spots but is still easy. Be cautious on the loop however. I'm not sure why on this page it notes the red walking trail as literally through the lake the whole way, but that's (obviously) not true. In order to loop you have to walk a pretty significant lengthy of the main road (Hancock road) which is interesting. Unless we missed a connecting trail, which I don't think we did because you'd have to swim it. This loop was right around/a little over 5.5 miles. Great spot. Benches along the trails, picnic areas, bathrooms on the one side of the dam, and even a playground for the kids.

hiking
11 months ago

could not locate the loop trail. only the west ridge (red blazes) not clearly marked at all. ended up on Richardson rd. to spring Rd to windy Row to union... 2.2 loop expectation turned into 5.5 mi instead

hiking
Fri Jun 07 2019

Great hike! Easy walk/hike and dog friendly! Birds, turtles...quiet.

hiking
Sun Nov 26 2017

Nice trail on a road it is easy with a few hills. Just before you get to the water there are snowmobile trails you can follow in the woods, they are a little more challenging. my golden retriever loves it, specially any trail that ends in water.

Sun Oct 22 2017

Nice loop around the lake. Nothing too challenging.

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