Ellis River Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Ellis River Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, New Hampshire that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and whitewater kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
255 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


paddle sports

trail running


9 days ago

Us too! We couldn’t find where to park or any semblance of a trail

18 days ago

I hesitate to write this review because we actually didn’t get the chance to do the hike. We started at the covered bridge that had a sign that said “Ellis River Trail” but were accosted by a surly red faced older man in a golf cart that informed us that we weren’t welcome there. Turns out that we were walking on a golf cart trail. The man said that no one can hike during golf season. There must be another entrance to the trail, but we never found it.

4 months ago

Loved the trail! Easy and great length. In the last March weekend we had It to ourselves since it was after XC skiing and before many people hike. The trail still had between 2-12” snow base the entire way but it was soft enough that we were fine with just hiking boots. (The trail was well groomed for XC skiing so the snow was packed and smooth). Other than parts of second large loop, the entire trail is either in sight of or you can hear the river. We parked in a big lot behind the Thompson eatery then walked across the covered bridge and along the golf course until you reach the trail head at the water treatment plant.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Parking is found across the Pinkmans Notch Road next to the farm stand and Thompson House Restaurant. You'll have to cross the main road, go over the bridge, & then up the road along the golf course to hit the trail (it's located behind the water treatment station). Unfortunately we hit this trail during a VERY buggy hour, so it was a short 2.5mile hike for us. Lush greenery though, but would've preferred to be a little closer to the water for better views. Decent outing so given 3 stars. We did note we'd like to revisit either early morning or during winter for snowshoeing.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hike for kids

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beautiful falls

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday, November 10, 2016