One of my favorite parts of being an editor for Appalachian Mountain Club’s Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide is that I get to seek out new hiking destinations for each edition of the book. I mean, it’s perfect for me and definitely hits my inner explorer gene. It’s also satisfying to not only visit these places for myself for the first time, but to also bring them to others. One of my favorite additions to the upcoming 6th edition of the book is the new trail system at Cogswell Mountain in Gilmanton. Let’s take a walk!

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If you are new to hiking and looking to get out with the kids, I can’t recommend Cogswell Mountain highly enough. Out of all the new hikes in New Hampshire that I’ll be writing about, this one is perfect for all abilities and my thanks go out to the Gilmanton Conservation Commission for conserving this special spot. To download a trail map and driving directions to the trailhead, visit the Commission’s website. Before you head out, make sure you have everything you need for a safe trip.

Now that winter (as much as we had one this year) is behind us, it’s time to look forward to spring hiking. Here are some great ideas to get you outside.

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