Great Places for Upper Valley Mud Season Walks

Submitted 9 months ago
Created by
Mitzi Cunningham

Paved walkways perfect for your mud season strolls!

We've entered the glorious time of year in New England known as mud season. As the temps bounce around and the ground freezes and thaws, it's important to stay off the soft hiking trails so you don't create lasting damage (think postholes) to our trail systems. Many of us still want to get outside though. I've gathered up some great options of paved walkways around the Upper Valley to help you enjoy this transitional season!

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  • Northern Rail Trail (various UV towns) - Bike, walk, scooter, skip or run along this trail that connects multiple towns, including Lebanon and Enfield. 
  • Mascoma River Greenway (various UV towns) - This is a nice section of paved walkway near Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. They have hopes to connect this trail to the Northern Rail Trail soon.
  • Wilder Multi-use Path (Wilder, VT) - You can park at Dothan Brook Elementary School and walk this paved, short path.
  • Occom Pond (Hanover, NH) - This area is very pedestrian-friendly and offers a peaceful, quiet loop to walk along. To add on additional distance, you can walk through Dartmouth's campus.

If you're looking for indoor options, check out this great list of Indoor Walking from the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

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