Explore the most popular hiking trails near Keene with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

They put a bridge over 101.

Beautiful scenery...very flat and well shaded for a hot day..Lots of turtles and pond life...

Great beginners challenge or Saturday mini-hike! Very well marked trails and a beautiful view from the top!

A little confusing to navigate but a nice walk and beautiful pond.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

**PLEASE NOTE** If your sole motivation for hiking this trail is to see/check out the remains of the abandoned Ellis Mill, don't.
Because it ALL got washed away in the 2005 floods.

I hiked this trail yesterday with my boyfriend and we just about went crazy looking for the Mill. "It must be back there, we need to go back that way." "Are you sure we didn't pass it when we missed that little section of the trail?" Back and forth all morning... for nothing!

If I sound salty it's because I LIVE for creepy things and got way too excited to check out this old mill.

Luckily, we bumped into a local on the way back to our car. She seemed a little surprised to see people out in her neck of the woods and she asked us how we heard of the trail. It was from her that we found out the mill was washed away by nature. She said, "if you look really hard, when it's nice out, you might find a few nails." I guess those would still be considered "remains" but that is reaaaaching.

Overall, it would have been way better to hike this without the slippery ice and snow. All of the elevation is during the last 3rd of the trail. The trail just kind of ends in the middle of the woods... But connects to another path (sorry, forgot to remember the name but pretty sure it started with a C).

To park, go all the way to the end of 116. It's not marked as "Ellis Trail" until about a quarter mile in and there's no signs for parking...

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful nature hike but the trail is poorly marked...found ourselves off the trail a few times. The trail is only a loop if you want to cross a water way and get wet...if not you can take the access road back to main road and walk back to parking area.

Great short hike or trail run!

hiking
7 months ago

The smell of the air and the sound of silence on this stroll were so amazing... plus the glassiness of the water made for amazing pictures of the trees. This is definitely worth the visit!

Nice, quiet trail. I only saw one other person the entire time. Beautiful viewpoint as you are coming down the trail.

road biking
8 months ago

Rode the trail from where it crosses Pine St. in West Swanzy north to Keen, just about 6 miles each way.

The trail surface is very good; crushed gravel. The only inconvenience is the occasional chipmunk hole. For some reason they are digging holes in the middle of the trail :-).

The scenery is nice, but nothing special for the region. There are a few views of the Ashuelot River on bridge crossings.

There is a new bridge for the trail that takes you over Rt. 101/12, so there is no longer difficulty with that crossing as noted in an earlier post.

All in all an enjoyable ride.

Great hike with beautiful views of the lake. We live in NJ and always do this hike.

nature trips
8 months ago

This place is just great. Lots of mushrooms from August and on. Great for identifying dragonflies, caterpillars, and great spot to find painted turtles. On sunny weekends in the summer its the place to be. There is also an area for swimming. I recommend going in the morning before it gets more heavily trafficked.

I was very disappointed in the amount of trash on the trail and just off of.

Well maintained trails. Very relaxing and peaceful hike with my kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice loop- flat but lots of uneven terrain- good tree cover in the heat, pretty pond- some bikers coming through- walked with kids 9-12, lots of fun little spots to stop and explore

hiking
10 months ago

Really beautiful walk! Sometimes the trail isn't marked too well and you have to forge your own path. The mud is also bad if it's just rained. But overall, great hike for a nice day :)

Nice quick hike, great for families, beautiful gorge. Add to your itinerary if you're in the area!

Monday, May 01, 2017

good hike

We started up the steep trail of the loop. It was a great uphill work out. Definitely some flat parts to run on and the summit gives you a gorgeous view of Keene. I loved that it is a loop! Once the summer hits I will probably loop it twice to get a solid 3 mile hike :)

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Very icy out on the trails and at least one of the water crossings was difficult because of ice on the rocks. I somehow managed to get myself a little lost and wasn't sure if I was suppose to cross the dam so just came out the old road and walked back to the parking area. Definitely thinking I'll be back for trail running when there's no ice!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

great walk with the dog

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Great trail for biking. Mountain bikes are strongly recommend

on Goose Pond Loop

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

nice walk

Very short but beautiful hike! When we went the water was barely at a trickle through the gorge, but it was still a wonder to see. This hike is so quick and very family-friendly, however, the uphill trek back could be difficult for some.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Great easy little loop trail around a beautiful pond. Lots of songbirds and frogs! Note that part of the trail has been re-routed to avoid worsening erosion in one area. It can get a little confusing if you aren't paying attention to the blazes. Dogs are allowed on this trail. No swimming allowed in the pond.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great loop around the pond with a little bit of climbing

Awesome

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