Looking for a great trail near Holderness, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Holderness ranging from 0.8 to 6.4 miles and from 593 to 2,201 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
6 days ago

Excellent hike! Early morning is less crowded, on the way down the trail was quite busy for a Tuesday at noon. Beautiful views and plenty of area to stretch out and relax.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail gets pretty muddy during springtime but it’s great right now. Decent view at the top and an easy path up through pine forests.

Beautiful day for a hike to the Rattlesnakes with the pups. The view from West is where it's at. Plenty of space to move around and see views of the lake below. There were lots of people and dogs. We continued on to the East trail and accidentally took the pasture trail all the way down, so we had to make the full ascent up East. That was a major undertaking, very steep and lots of loose dirt and pine needles. My husband's hiking boots barely had enough tread to keep from slipping. When we finally got to East, we were a bit disappointed that the summit clearing is very small. Still a great view of the lake, but after seeing West's summit it wasn't anything new. The plus side though - hardly any people! It was a good place to take a break and have lunch. On the way back we took the ridge trail which was much easier. Still a few steep spots but I'd give it a moderate rating. Once back at West we made a quick stop to take in the view one last time before heading back down to the parking lot. Regarding distance, I have no clue where the 3.1 miles in the description comes in. It's 1.6 to get up to West, plus another .8 miles on the ridge trail to get to East. That means 2.4 miles one way, so we're talking close to 5 miles total. Keep this in mind if you do the whole thing. The path we took + we did a few offshoots, we clocked 7 miles.

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muddy
over grown
12 days ago

Mostly wooded trails, great views on top of cotton and Livermore, very steep but great work out

hiking
15 days ago

I loved this trail so much!! It was foggy and raining heavily so the view from the top will have to be fully seen at another time but the flowing streams and mossy trails were absolutely beautiful!!! Make sure you check out all the loops!

Gorgeous view at the top.

Beautiful quiet easy trail with great beaches. And a great spot to bring your dogs swimming.

hiking
20 days ago

Did last fall

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bugs
muddy
24 days ago

on Mount Percival

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail. Relatively easy until that last half mile, then challenging whether you go Cliff Trail or Caves. But the view is worth the effort

great hike with the kids and dog. could not see the lake through the trees. I'm sure once the leaves drop in the fall you'll get a better View.

Great for families. Easy Hike even for beginner.

hiking
1 month ago

Quiet, pleasant trail from Perch Pond Rd up to Mount Webster. I continued on to Morgan and Percival from there. Nice views from both and easily done in a day. The wide open views from Percival are especially worth the walk. It does become crowded when you get near Morgan.

hiking
1 month ago

Best hiking for dogs that love to swim great trails and so many beautiful beaches and spots to sit and enjoy the lake

hiked up Cotton then to Livermore. Well marked on cotton and decently steep. Nice summit sign at the top. not well marked from cotton over to Livermore much easier hike and no summit sign that I could find. Nice hike with good views at the top of Livermore.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

This is an excellent hike with great views of Squam Lake. The first section gets you to the top of West Rattlesnake mountain which has a gorgeous view. Getting to West is pretty easy. It gets more challenging when you follow the ridge trail and go down West and up East. The view from East is also a good view and worth the extra effort.

Beautiful hike with plenty of steep climbs and well-marked trails. The view from Livermore is awesome!

Great trail. I just went to first vista. Uphill and sweaty but you can go as easy or hard as you like. Well maintained. No mud this time. Bug spray needed unless you get a breezy day like today.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short trail with a steady climb. Good view of the lakes at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, deliciously peaceful forest/lake combo. Anchored my boat in the long cove to the west of the westernmost red buoy; the trail is right there at the shoreline... The jumping rock, on the eastern side of the point, right at the narrows, is called Squall Rock and is super fun to jump off of!

hiking
2 months ago

Wasn't the best hike I've done. The outlook on the way up had a much better view then the top. Maybe at one point the top had gorgeous views, but trees have grown in and there was nothing to see at the top.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We saw 2 northern water snakes each time we went. each time was at the same point. parking lot is small.. beautiful views. swimming is a yes. dogs are welcome. mosquitoes

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