|Pickering Ponds is an easy 1.7 mile loop trail located in Gonic, NH.
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Adventure: Pickering Ponds Loop Trail
|Unmarked road to trail head can be tricky to spot.
|Complete trail map available at rochesternh.net
At the end of the ponds, we turned left along the fence and headed down into the Cocheco River Loop Trail. This portion traverses through hardwood forest along the river. It continues to be a wide and relatively flat trail. This trail curves along the river and will eventually bring you back out to the ponds where you started. Total - the wide loop is about 1.7 miles.
Hikers can easily shorted this adventure by just doing the ponds and skipping the river walk.
|Jen and son checking out a turtle
|Beautiful birch trees along wide flat trail
Distance: 1.7 mile loop with options for shorter
- Spring and early summer this area can get very buggy. We used bug spray for us and the kids.
- This trail is great for kids because it's easy. It's also great for parents because it's relatively flat and wide which means, even though it's not paved, I'd say it is "stroller friendly".
- There are no bathroom facilities at the trail.
- Dogs are allowed but should be leashed.
- Parking is free.
- City of Rochester and Rochester Rec manage this property. The government link to this trail is HERE.
|Selfie with the kids at Pickering Ponds
We enjoyed our nature walk with our little ones. I'll continue to try to focus on some local Seacoast gems in addition to "far away" destinations.
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