Due to the rising cost of printing and supplies, the Conservation Commission had to raise the price for the trail guides to $11 (or $13 if mailed). This price covers the printing cost, no revenue is generated through the sale of the trail guides. The price change is effective as of January 14, 2021.
Trail Use during Winter Season
Please note that the trails are open year round; however, only the following City-owned trail head parking lots are plowed**:
- Oak Hill (Map 12, Shaker Rd lot)
- Batchelder Mill Road (Map 15)
- Winant Park (Map 21, Fisk Road lot)
- Swope Park (Map 25)
- Broken Ground (Map 30)
**Please note, not all of the trails in this trail guide are owned and maintained by the City. Several trails are owned and maintained by the State or other private entity. For example, the State maintains the lot access to White Farm cross-country ski trails, but does not maintain the Sewalls Falls Recreation Area lot. The Audubon Society and SPNHF lots are maintained.
For cross-country skiing, groomed trails can be found at White Farm (Map 17) and Beaver Meadow Golf Course. For more information and recommendations for other cross-country skiing locations in Concord, click here.
On fresh snow, please use snowshoes. Bare-booting can cause "post-holing" which is a potential hazard for trail users. On heavily used trails, the snow gets packs down and the trails can get icy. In those conditions, we recommend using microspikes or cleats, and walking poles.
Trail maps and the Trail Guide can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. You may also purchase trail guides for $11 per guide at the Planning Division, 41 Green Street, Concord, NH 03301. If you prefer to have a guide mailed to you, please mail a check to the Planning Division for $13 (additional cost to cover mailing). Please include your name and address. The check should be made out to the City of Concord.
Trail Use and COVID-19 The spread of COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. Although authorities have closed schools and many businesses, most outdoor spaces remain open. As we seek solace and health in the outdoors, it is important that we also protect the health of all of our neighbors. Many trail and outdoor organizations have issued guidelines for using outdoor spaces, including:
- Avoid high use areas when choosing to recreate. If you see a lot of cars at a trailhead, try a different trail (lots of choices in Concord, see the list below!) or go during a different time of day.
- Make the health of everyone in our community a priority. Go outside only if you are feeling healthy and you have not had close contact with anyone who is sick.
- If you have to drive to access outdoor spaces, do not carpool with non-household members.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting, including the outdoors.
- Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need social distance as well (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).
Muddy-Trail EtiquetteAs the snow melts, you may find that the trails can get muddy. Improper use of trails can negatively impact the trails and ecology surrounding the trails. Please follow muddy-trail etiquette found by clicking here. The following trails tend to be dryer:
- Jim Hill Riverwalk & Lehtinen Park Trail (Map 2)
- Sewalls Falls Trails (Map 10)
- Morono Park Trail (Map 11)
- East Concord Heritage Trail (Locke Road - Map 20)
- Broken Ground (Map 30)
Trail Closure: A portion of the West End Farm Trail has been closed by the private land owners, see updated Maps 26 and 28.
West End Farm Trail (Maps 26 and 28) -
- Knowlton Woods Loop (connects to Oak Hill trails) UPDATED 9/2/20. Click here for the proposed route. The Conservation Commission approved the trail at a public hearing on July 8th. Construction will continue into Spring 2021.
The Trail Guide Book can be printed or is available for purchase for $11 from the Planning Division, City Hall third floor.
Trail RegulationsThe following uses are prohibited on City lands and trails, per City Ordinance:
- Motorized wheeled vehicles
- Littering (including failing to pick up after your pet)
The City trails are maintained by many volunteers. We appreciate your cooperation to help keep the trails in excellent shape! If you would like to help out by cleaning up trash at the trail heads, check out the City's Blue Bag program.
Please note the following guidelines to ensure that the trails remain in their natural state and open to the public:
- Carry out what you carry in (including dog poop bags!)
- Please stay on the marked trails.
- Please do not disturb the plants and wildlife.
- Please respect the private property that surrounds the trails.
- Please follow our Trail Manners for You and Your Dog.