Trail Overview

Cotton Valley Rail Trail



Downtown Wolfeboro

12 miles


The Cotton Valley Rail Trail is a hard packed, family-friendly multi-use rail-trail which meanders along two (2) lakes, over trestles, scenic wetlands, beaches, back woods and fields. The Trail links the towns of Wolfeboro, Brookfield, and Wakefield by way of a former railroad right-of-way.

Uses: Walking, running, bicycling, rail cars, wildlife viewing, fishing, and in the winter cross-country skiing & snowmobiling.

The Trail is handicap accessible between Wolfeboro and Wakefield, with the exception of one mile between Clark Road Brookfield and Route 16.

Trail Amenities: Restrooms and portable toilets, parking, benches, picnic tables, beach, historic train sites: turntable, sheep pass-throughs, and old trestles.

Length: The total trail distance is twelve (12) miles between downtown Wolfeboro through Brookfield to Turntable Park, High Street, Sanbornville/Wakefield, New Hampshire.

Please see map page for exact distances.

Surface: Hard packed in between and outside railroad tracks. The trail has some hills.

Caution is recommended when using platforms to transition on and off the rails.

Trail Information

Elevation Range 504’ to 660′

Local Amenities: Food and drinks, restaurants, historic sites, museums, shops, beaches in Wolfeboro & Wakefield. See Area Information

Courtesy is the New Hampshire Way

Share the trail.

Bicyclists please yield to pedestrians.

Notify others before passing.

Go slowly around others & have bike in control at all time.

All users yield to Rail Cars.

Please “carry in/carry out”.

All dogs must be leashed at all times.

All dog owners are required to pick up dog waste & dispose of properly.

Respect private property, stay on the trail.

Stay on the trail to avoid promoting erosion.

No motorized vehicles except for wheelchairs.