Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Activities and Amenities

The Cotton Valley Rail Trail is 12 miles long and begins at Depot Street in Wolfeboro and ends at Turntable Park in Wakefield. This trail is a great four season trail is not only exceptional for walking and biking, but it is one of only three trails under DNCR management that have rails intact and are used recreationally by local rail car clubs. The trail begins in downtown Wolfeboro just across the street from Lake Winnipesaukee’s Back Bay and the trail's usable surface ends at Fernald Station, Rt. 109, Wolfeboro, NH. The Cotton Valley Rail Trail and has beautiful scenery, especially along the two causeways along Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake.

Cotton Valley Rail Trail Map (color)
Cotton Valley Rail Trail Map (grayscale)

Permitted Uses

Hike, Bike, Horse, Rail Car, Snowshoe, Nordic, Snowmobile, and Mushing. ATV and Trailbike are permitted with snowcover only.

Parking Areas

Wolfeboro:
  • Old railroad Depot on Depot Street. Take Route 28 to Route 109 (North Main Street) and turn right on to Railroad Ave. Just ahead on Depot Street is the old Wolfeboro Depot.
  • Fernald Station off Route Rt. 28/109 North (3.2 miles from Wolfeboro Center ) to the flashing yellow light intersection with Rt. 109 and take a right. Fernald Station will be 1/4 mile on your left.
  • Intersection and Cotton Valley Road and Cotton Mountain Road
Brookfield:
  • Clark Road
Wakefield:
  • Turntable Park

Organizations that work with the Bureau of Trails to help maintain this trail are:

Cotton Valley Trail Committee (CVTC)
Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club (CVRTC)
Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club
Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club