The Monadnock region of New Hampshire is a hiker's paradise, offering a diverse range of trails for all levels of hikers, from easy and accessible walks to challenging cliff trails. The region is particularly famous for its eponymous mountain, Mount Monadnock, which is the most hiked mountain in the United States and the second most hiked mountain in the world. With easy trails, challenging cliff trails, steep and quick hikes, or more leisurely, gradual strolls, Mount Monadnock has something to offer for everyone, and the views from the top are truly breathtaking. However, the Monadnock region is not limited to its namesake mountain, and there are plenty of other trails that are perfect for those who are looking for secluded wilderness experiences. These trails range from smaller hills to old rail trails and provide countless opportunities for outdoor exploration, often located close to village centers. One of the most unique hiking experiences in the Monadnock region can be found at Crotched Mountain, which offers great hiking for anyone, but is especially accessible for people with disabilities. With trails that have been built with accessibility in mind, Crotched Mountain is a true gem in the Monadnock region. For those looking for inspiration on where to start their spring hiking adventures, be sure to check out our blog post on the top spots for spring hiking in the Monadnock region. With so many incredible trails to choose from, it's no wonder why the Monadnock region is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
photo of a wide flat trail next to a lake

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

walk, bike, ride horseback, snowmobile, and cross-country ski

7.5 miles from Webster St in Jaffrey to the NH-MA state line
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Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

walk, bike, cross-country ski, ride horseback, snowmobile

21.5 miles from Keene Cheshire Rail Trail to Hinsdale Northfield Road/NH 63
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Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail

walk, bike, ride horseback, snowmobile, cross-country ski

42 miles through Fitzwilliam, Keene, Marlborough, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Westmoreland
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Monadnock State Park

Monadnock State Park

*!As of 9/2020, reservations to hike are required!* Visit the website to make yours! 116 Poole Road Jaffrey, NH 03452 (603)-532-8862
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