Conservation Commission
New London, New Hampshire 03257


  Trails Overview

With the assistance of many volunteers, the Conservation Commission oversees the maintenance of several hiking trails of varied length and challenge.  The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway also connects with many of these trails to provide an expanded and diverse trail network in the area.  The map below reflects the trails available to area hikers both in and adjacent to New London. The trails marked on the map provide access to town lands in New London, conservation easements with public access, and private lands that provide access only along the trail corridors.  It is important to note that not all conservation easements provide for public access.

  Individual Trail Links

1. Bunker Loop  2. Clark Lookout 3. Clark Pond
4. Cocoa's Path (SRKG) 5. Cook Trails 6. Dura Crockett
7. Great Brook (SRKG) 8. Hospital Community 9. Kidder
10. - Future - 11. Kidder-Cleveland-Clough 12. Kidder-Cleveland-Clough Ext
13. Knights Hill Nature Park 14. Langenau Brook 15. Langenau Forest
16. Little Sunapee Forest 17. Low Plain 18. Lyon Brook
19. Messer Pond 20. Molly-Charles / Cordingley 21. Morgan Hill
22. - Future - 23. Morgan Hill Loop 24. Morris Trail
25. Philbrick-Cricenti Bog 26. Phillips Memorial Preserve 27. Pleasant Lake High
28. Shepard Spring 29. Webb Forest 30. Wolf Tree (SRKG)
31. SRKG Trails 5 32. SRKG Trails 6 33. SRKG Trails 7

Trail numbers correspond to locations marked on the map below.   A copy of a map showing all of the trail locations can be downloaded by clicking here.

  ATTENTION Dog Walkers

Note: Dogs are welcome on many of the trails but must be under control at all times per New London Town Ordinance. Please pick up after your dog! Leaving waste on the trail is discourteous to others and a health hazard to children.


During this period of COVID-19 concerns we ask everyone to be sure to keep social distancing, even on the trails!

NOTE: Camping on New London property is only permitted with proper authorization from the town, as per RSA 238:58.
Fires are not permitted, as per RSA 227-L:17.


  Trail reports & reporting

A report on the state of the trails, with information on recent projects and the people that worked on them, can be found here. We thank all of the people and organizations that help us to keep the trails in great shape.

To report trail conditions that are in need of maintenance, please contact the Trails Coordinator, Mark Vernon.  Please provide detailed information on the nature and location of the problem. This will help us correct the situation more quickly. Photos are also helpful. 

  Quality Trail Map

A larger (18" x 24") trail map for New London and vicinity is on sale at several locations in town including the Town Offices, the Tracy Memorial Library, Morgan Hill Bookstore, Village Sports, and Town of New London Information Booth.

  Protection from Ticks

The greatest risk of Lyme disease is between the months of May and August when the blacklegged tick is in the nymphal stage. When walking the trails, always take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Helpful tips:
- Stay on trails and avoid overgrown brush and tall grass.
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can easily be seen.
- Check yourself, your children and your pets often for ticks.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, closed shoes with socks and a hat.
- Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants.
- Use insect repellant containing DEET or permethrin.
- Shower after returning indoors and run clothes in a dryer on high heat to kill any ticks that may be on the clothing.

Symptoms of Lyme disease in the early stages include fatigue, fever, headache, and most often, a red bulls-eye rash. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to complications. Always see a doctor if you see evidence of a tick bite.

  NH Fish & Game Hike Safe Card

Hike Safe
New Hampshire Fish & Game has a Hike Safe Card, which can be purchased by individuals or families.   People who obtain the card will not be liable to repay search and rescue costs if they need to be rescued.
You can click here Hike Safe Card to get your card or find out more about the program.

  Footpaths in New London

FootpathsColby-Sawyer College student Abigail Cooke has created a terrific guidebook, detailing the trails on town and including maps and pictures. Abby created this book for her Wesson Honors Program.   She has generously shared this guidebook with us. It can be found here. We thank Ms. Cooke for all her hard work in putting this together and for allowing us to share it with you.

  Trail Adopter Information

Trail mapThe New London Conservation Commission relies on volunteers to periodically walk the trails and report on their condition.   If you've signed on to be a trail adopter or would like to get information about the duties of a trail adopter, please download the Trail Adopter Guide, which includes information on adopter duties, trail blazing, and the report form.

   Gnome Doors

GnomesThe Windy Hill Nursery, in cooperation with the NLCC, has placed Gnome doors at the base of trees around the trails in town. See if you can find all of them as you hike our beautiful trails. To learn all about this project and where the doors are, click here.

  Trail Hiking Patch Program

Hiking PatchThe Conservation Commission recently introduced a trail patch program available to all the hikers in the greater Kearsarge area. The NLCC maintains 26 miles of trails of varying lengths and difficulty.  To receive a patch, one must hike all of the trails listed on the trail completion form, and return it to the New London Town Office. The form can also be picked up at the town office.  Our thanks go out to Emma Crane, Ruth White, and others for designing the patch and for developing the Hiking Patch program.

Trail Patch

Hiking Patch

The Conservation Commission patch awarded for completing all New London trails

Trail Beauty

Hike a scenic path at one of the New London trails