Kuncanowet Town Forest


• 3-star hike
• 5.8 mile loop • Easy difficulty
• Elevation gain 510 feet (440 - 650 ft)
• Merrimack Valley • Dunbarton NH
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Kuncanowet Town Forest offers quiet, mostly easy going forest trails with several ponds and moderate elevation gain. A nice diversion for locals and for campers staying nearby at the popular Cold Springs Camp Resort.

A carpet of pine needles cushions much of these trails, interrupted by occasional boggy sections closer to the ponds; and rocks and roots in the Western hills. The route is well marked with painted blazes and wayfinding won’t pose much of a problem.

Because this trail is lightly trafficked, expect to startle the local fauna of mostly squirrels and chickadees. I also spotted a turtle in Gorham Pond, but access to the pond does require an off-trail mini adventure.



We chose a 5.8 mile perimeter loop to explore the park in full, but you wouldn’t be losing much if you were to shorten your hike by taking one of the two cut-offs on the Gum Tree trail. Best views are at Stinson Mill Pond on the Pond View Loop.

The trailhead has at least half a dozen spots for parking, and there were no parking restrictions as far as we were able to observe.

Route Summary:
• Mill Pond Trail > Pond View Loop > Gum Tree Trail > Mill Pond Trail > Hobblebush Trail

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