Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Wolfeboro: Address, Phone Number, Cotton Valley Rail Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Cotton Valley Rail Trail
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Red-Barchetta2011
Suffield, CT626 contributions
Very Nice Trail
May 2021
Went for nice walk on the trail which was scenic and very relaxing. We only walked a few miles of it but worth a visit.
Written June 13, 2021
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH7,931 contributions
12-MILE TRAIL FROM WOLFEBORO TO SANBORNTON
May 2021
Visiting in Wolfeboro, I met up with friends for one of my activities - a trek on the Cotton Valley Rail Trail from the Back Bay area on Railroad Avenue. The trail extended some 12 miles into Brookfield and Sanbornton/Wakefield.

The Wolfeboro part of the trail is scenic with views of the bay, buildings on the other side, and some wildlife – mostly birds, occasionally.

There was also parking near the trailhead and a small park adjacent to the trail.

I found the hard-packed trail pretty level and fairly wide, so it readily accommodated bicyclists and people in wheelchairs as well as people traveling on foot in opposite directions. During our visit, it was a about 50/50 for bicyclists and pedestrians.

On another day, I went to Sanbornton and trekked along part of the trail from Turntable Park which is the terminus of the trail. That end also has a picnic area.

As far as the trail itself goes, I liked the Wolfeboro end better.

I rate the Cotton Valley Rail Trail at 5.0 and highly recommend a visit, especially to bicyclists.

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Written June 8, 2021
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William L
Sandown, NH907 contributions
Cottony Woods
Feb. 2021 • Family
On this snowy February day, we hiked the rail trail across the lakes. Our family of five wore snowshoes although the trail was hard pack and ice. Nice to get out, see some ducks and small birds. Lots of people were out enjoying this winter day. Great hike and very flat with historic signs along the way.
Written February 27, 2021
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Sonja C
269 contributions
Nice Trail Along Lake Wentworth
Oct. 2020
Took a walk on Cotton Valley Rail Trail the foliage was beautiful with the reflection in the lake of the amazing colors
Written October 28, 2020
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HawaiiNut02760
North Attleboro, MA541 contributions
Very Scenic Ride
Sep. 2020
The trail was a great way to enjoy New Hampshire foliage and to see some truly beautiful scenery. While the trail is generally flat, care is needed when crossing over the rails (which happens a lot). As was noted by other posters, you can easily get a tire stuck between the rail and the slats and lose control of the bike. Best to slow down when crossing and ensure that the tires are mostly perpendicular to the track so that they don't get stuck. Wouldn't recommend a road bike when riding as the tires will be too thin. There are also several spots where you're riding BETWEEN the rails (on dirt/stone dust) and there isn't much room to accommodate oncoming traffic. It is safer for to yield to an oncoming party so that you don't have an accident. There actually should be a rule in place to determine who has the right of way (i.e., east bound traffic). Still fantastic scenery and a very pleasant ride. Would recommend a picnic at the Sanbornville terminus by the old restored railroad turntable. Plenty of parking at both ends - Wolfeboro and Sanbornville.
Written September 28, 2020
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travelbug
Glastonbury, CT24 contributions
Nice flat path for running
Sep. 2020
Some sections have water views. Enjoyable for walking, running, biking. Very flat. Runs from Wakefield into Wolfeboro Center. Parking at the end of trail in Wolfeboro.
Written September 24, 2020
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691mred
Middletown, NY2 contributions
bad ending
Sep. 2020
The frequent crossings back and forth over the rails at the wakefield NH part of the trail are very hazardous. My tire got stuck in a slat in the wooden pallet between the tracks and I fell and fractured my shoulder which required surgery. I know that I am partly to blame but the continued crossing back and forth seems unnecessary and dangerous
Written September 15, 2020
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LRCan
Foxborough, MA19 contributions
Beautiful and historic path.
Sep. 2020 • Friends
The path is easy to find and is walkable for all abilities. Definitely worthwhile. Make time for this when in the area.
Written September 2, 2020
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DSRTraveler
Boston, MA5 contributions
Excellent seasonal running / walking / biking path
Aug. 2019
From late spring until the snow comes, this is an excellent rail trail that connects downtown Wolfeboro to Wakfield, NH. To find the path out of downtown Wolfeboro, turn off Main street onto Depot Street and go to the end of that street until you see the start of the trail.

For running, I like parking at Albee Beach and head out and back from there. The path is less crowded on that stretch and shady during the summer. There are public bathrooms at Albee beach open during the summer ( and maybe a bit into the fall ) and I can take a much deserved swim after the run at the public beach.

If you run from downtown Wolfeboro during the summer, expect heavier traffic on the path ( unless you go early in the am ). The upside is you can reward yourself with a crepe from Seven Suns or a smoothie from Bayberry when you are finished. FYI - there are public restrooms near the trailhead ( right next to the small playground ).

Just past Fernald Station, there is a small network of single track bike trails that have been recently ( ~2019 ) built. Can be a bit tough to find the first time. Go past Fernald station ( heading towards Wakefield ), cross the small bridge, and keep and eye out on your left for the signed trail.
Written February 25, 2020
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Robin
Wolfeboro, NH14 contributions
A Scenic Trail
Aug. 2019
The Cotton Valley is mostly flat, an old railroad bed that crosses three bodies of water. Very scenic.Running, walking, biking and dog walking. 12+ miles round trip if you choose to do the whole thing.
Written November 13, 2019
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