Lowland Spruce – Fir habitat (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Lowland Spruce – Fir habitat (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)



Plaque along Shore Path (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Plaque along Shore Path (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond
via Pondicherry Rail Trail

Destinations:  Cherry Pond (1120'), Little Cherry Pond (1095')
Trails:  Pondicherry Rail Trail, Presidential Range Rail Trail, Shore Path, Rampart Path, New Hampshire Central Railroad, Little Cherry Pond Trail, Cohos Trail
Region:  NH - Central East  
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
Location:  Whitefield, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  Ponds, wetlands, views, bird watching
Distance:  5.8 miles  
Elevation Gain:  75 feet (cumulative)  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 2:50  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 4:00  
Season:  Variable
Last Updated:  01/11/2011  
Author:  New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau

The Presidential Range behind Cherry Pond
(photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
The Presidential Range behind Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

The Natural Community and Trail Guide information have been reproduced (with permission) from New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau. Below you'll find trail information as well as detailed natural information.

Route Summary   

This is an out-and-back hike to the 100-acre Cherry Pond and the 25-acre Little Cherry Pond. These areas are popular for their bird watching appeal and for the beautiful views beyond Cherry Pond of the Pliny, Crescent, Presidential, and Dartmouth mountain ranges as well as Cherry Mountain.

To Cherry Pond:
  • Start at the Pondicherry Rail Trail parking area along Airport Road in Whitefield.
  • Follow the trail straight ahead for 1.5 miles to Waumbek Junction where the Presidential Range Rail Trail goes off to the right while Pondicherry Rail Trail continues straight for a short distance.
  • Turn right onto the Presidential Range Rail Trail and walk for just 0.1 mile which will bring you to the Tudor Richards viewing platform on the left, where there are great views of the pond and mountains.

Cherry Pond Shoreline Paths and Little Cherry Pond:
  • After enjoying the scenery, leave the viewing platform and turn right, either retracing your steps on the Presidential Range Rail Trail, or taking the more immediate right and following Waumbek Link which is a footpath rather than a rail trail. Either way, you will be back at the Pondicherry Rail Trail after walking for 0.1 mile.
  • Turn right and walk for 0.1 mile, crossing Johns River on a railroad bridge en route. After crossing Johns River you will be on the active New Hampshire Central Railroad tracks. Stay to the right edge of the tracks.
  • Turn right onto Shore Path – note that the trail sign is down low to the right of the tracks. Shore Path is part of the long-distance Cohos Trail.
  • Birding (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
    Birding (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
  • Follow Shore Path / Cohos Trail for 0.1 mile along the edge of Cherry Pond. When you reach the shore at a T-junction, first take a short detour to the right for more shoreline views. Then retrace your steps and continue straight through the junction in order to explore the rest of Shore Path / Cohos Trail.
  • At the end of Shore Path / Cohos Trail you will be back at the New Hampshire Central Railroad tracks, a bit farther along from where you left them. At this point will be wide-open views of Cherry Pond and the mountains beyond it.
  • From Shore Path / Cohos Trail, turn right onto the tracks and walk for about 0.1 mile, staying to the right.
  • Once again, you are going to turn right onto a footpath – this one is called Rampart Path and like Shore Path, the trail sign (signed "Rampart Path / Colonel Whipple Trail / CT") will be low on the right. Rampart Path is also part of the Cohos Trail.
  • Follow Rampart Path for a bit less than 0.1 mile to enjoy more shore views, then turn left onto a brief connector trail where Rampart Path / Cohos Trail continues straight (no sign at this junction).
  • At the end of the connector path, you will be back at the railroad tracks, now directly across from the start of Little Cherry Pond Trail. Cross the tracks and head down this next footpath.
  • Little Cherry Pond Trail makes sort of a loop (with a spur on each end) leading to Little Cherry Pond.
  • Go 0.2 mile to the upper trail split, then bear left at a small arrow.
  • After 0.4 mile you will reach the lower loop junction.
  • Bear left and follow the path for 0.1 mile where it ends at the shore of Little Cherry Pond at a small viewing platform with a bench.
  • After enjoying the pond, retrace your steps for 0.1 mile back to the lower loop split and turn left at an arrow in order to return via the other leg of the loop.
  • After 0.3 mile you will be back to the upper loop junction.
  • Bear left and walk 0.2 mile to return to the New Hampshire Central Railroad tracks.
  • Cross the tracks and re-enter the unsigned trail on the opposite side. This is the brief connector trail to Rampart Path / Cohos Trail. You will quickly return to the Cherry Pond shoreline.
  • Turn left and meander along the shoreline with several viewpoints of both the pond and the mountains. After 0.3 mile where the trail turns away from the shoreline, Rampart Path ends and becomes Colonel Whipple Trail / Cohos Trail.
  • Turn around here and retrace your steps for 0.3 mile.
  • Now, instead of turning right back onto the connector trail, go straight to keep following Rampart Path / Cohos Trail.
  • After less than 0.1 mile, you will be back at the active railroad tracks.

Return from Cherry Pond:
  • For the return trip, turn left and walk for about 0.2 mile along the tracks, back to Waumbeck Junction.
  • Keep going straight on Pondicherry Rail Trail for another 1.5 miles to reach the parking area on Airport Road.

Floating peat islands on Cherry Pond
(photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Floating peat islands on Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Place         Split
Miles
     Total
Miles
Pondicherry Rail Trailhead on Airport Road (1135') 0.0 0.0
Waumbek Junction (1130') 1.5 1.5
Tudor Richards viewing platform at Cherry Pond (1120') 0.1 1.6
Waumbek Junction (1130') 0.1 1.7
Start of Shore Path / Cohos Trail (1120') 0.1 1.8
End of Shore Path / Cohos Trail (1120') 0.1 1.9
Start of Rampart Path / Cohos Trail (1120') 0.1 2.0
Jct. Active Railroad / Little Cherry Pond Trail (1120') 0.1 2.1
Upper Little Cherry Pond loop split 0.2 2.3
Lower Little Cherry Pond loop split (via southern leg) 0.4 2.7
Little Cherry Pond (1095') 0.1 2.8
Lower Little Cherry Pond loop split 0.1 2.9
Upper Little Cherry Pond loop split (via northern leg) 0.3 3.2
Jct. Active Railroad / Little Cherry Pond Trail (1120') 0.2 3.4
Jct. Rampart Path / Colonel Whipple Trail (1125') 0.3 3.7
Start of Rampart Path / Cohos Trail (1120') 0.4 4.1
Waumbek Junction (1130') 0.2 4.3
Pondicherry Rail Trailhead on Airport Road (1135') 1.5 5.8

Little Cherry Pond Trail (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Little Cherry Pond Trail (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Refuge Information and its Natural Communities   

Nestled beneath the mountains north of the Presidential Range, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge has often been called one of the "crown jewels" of New Hampshire's landscape, and visitors to the site will easily understand why. The ponds, wetlands, and forests of this refuge support a wide variety of significant ecological features. The sweeping views from the wetlands and ponds are truly unique, and the hiking trails through lowland spruce – fir forest provide an easy way to experience this characteristic natural community of New Hampshire's North Country in person.

Bog bridges leading to Little Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Bog bridges leading to Little Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Pondicherry is a Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and it is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with New Hampshire Audubon and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game. A local Friends group also plays a role in the management of the refuge, and the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails has specific jurisdiction for the rail-trails. The refuge was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972 by the National Park Service, and it was named the first Important Bird Area in New Hampshire. The Little Cherry Pond Trail was named a National Recreation Trail in 2006 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Natural communities are recurring assemblages of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. New Hampshire has a fascinating and complex variety of them, from tidal marshes to alpine meadows, riverbanks to mountain forests, and streams to lakes. Each type of natural community has a unique set of environmental conditions that support certain species adapted to those conditions. Communities in turn often cluster together on the landscape in similar settings to form larger scale natural community systems. The NH Natural Heritage Bureau surveys and maintains a comprehensive database of the state’s exemplary natural communities and systems, as well as all of the rare and endangered plants and animals.

Little Cherry Pond peatland (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Little Cherry Pond peatland (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Since natural communities are assemblages of multiple species of plants and animals, protecting a community provides protection for many individual species. Therefore, if we protect an adequate number of viable examples of each type, we can protect the majority of New Hampshire’s species. This is sometimes referred to as the “coarse-filter” approach to biodiversity conservation.

Pondicherry harbors numerous natural communities and systems, including bog, fen, marsh, swamp, and forest types. The poor level fen / bog system at the margins of both Cherry and Little Cherry Ponds is considered exemplary, and the surrounding upland supports one of the southernmost stands of extensive lowland spruce – fir forest in the state.

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Trail map of hike route to Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond from Pondicherry Rail Trail (map by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Trail map of hike route to Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond from Pondicherry Rail Trail (map by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Trail Guide   

From the trailhead kiosk at the parking area off Airport Road, walk northeast along the wide and flat trail. Note the white spruce and balsam poplar along the first part of the trail. The route follows the old Maine Central railroad bed through a young mixed forest, passes under a powerline, and in 1.5 miles arrives at Waumbek Junction, a former railroad station where three rail lines converge.

Cherry Pond and the Presidentials in October (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Cherry Pond and the Presidentials in October (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
At the junction, bear right on the trail to reach the Tudor Richards Viewing Platform on the south side of Cherry Pond. This deck is a great vantage point for viewing scenery and the tremendous diversity of wildlife that visits Pondicherry throughout the year. Over 200 species of birds including more than 50 waterbirds have been identified here. Moose can often be seen frequenting the edges of the shallow pond (maximum depth 6 feet). Also look for signs of otter, muskrat, and beavers, as well as painted and snapping turtles, frogs, dragonflies and butterflies.

Several wetland natural community types can also be seen from the platform. A small sweet gale – meadowsweet – tussock sedge fen community occurs just off the trail along the upland edge. A larger leather-leaf – sheep laurel dwarf shrub bog occurs farther out and extending around the pond, and a deep emergent marsh – aquatic bed occurs in shallow water along the its edge. These communities intergrade in places, but each is comprised of a distinct assemblage of dominant and characteristic plant species. The bell-shaped flowers of leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata), the dominant shrub in the bog, are arranged in a delicate arc. Other notable plants found in bogs and fens that can be seen here include Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum) and rhodora (Rhododendron canadense). The rhodora flowers create a sea of purple in late May. In the pond, look for the showy terminal blue flowering spikes of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) emerging from shallow water in mid-summer.

Johns River (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Johns River (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Back at Waumbek Junction, continue walking northeast and cross the Johns River, Cherry Pond’s small, rocky, and meandering outlet stream. Note the area downstream to the left of the wooden rail bridge that has been flooded by beavers. This river eventually drains into the Connecticut River.

After crossing the bridge, take an immediate right into a stand of balsam fir (Abies balsamea) on Shore Path. This short trail follows a low berm called an "ice-push rampart." This post-glacial feature is caused by the force of freeze-thaw action and wind-driven floating ice packs along the pond’s margin. Note the National Natural Landmark plaque on a boulder beneath a large white pine tree. Just offshore are several floating islands of peat moss and shrubs. These wandering bog mats occasionally get caught on submerged rocks for periods of time. Beavers have built a lodge on one of the mats, and loons can also be found nesting on them sometimes. There is a magnificent view from here of the western slopes of the Presidential Range above the pond.

Little Cherry Pond Trail begins a quarter-mile northeast of Waumbek Junction on the west side of Cherry Pond. This woodland path with 600 feet of bog bridges (use care – the boards are slippery when wet) takes you through a regenerating lowland spruce – fir forest. The area was logged in 1952–1953 and was acquired by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000. Now, the stand is comprised of both snags and live aspen, paper birch, red maple, balsam fir and some large red and black spruce (Picea rubens and mariana) trees. Plants on the forest floor include partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule), painted trillium (Trillium undulatum), wakerobin (Trillium erectum), goldthread (Coptis trifolia), and many types of moss, including the curious looking stairstep moss (Hylocomium splendens). The forest is perfect habitat for snowshoe hare, which browses on the shrubby vegetation (look for patches of their orange urine on the snow in winter). A chorus of birds such as goldencrowned kinglets and blackburnian and parula warblers can be heard here in May and June.

Painted trilliums
(photo by Ben Kimball for
NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Painted trilliums (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Arrive at a junction and follow the path to the left (marked with an arrow). Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) can be seen along this trail. Be sure to look for a very short spur trail "loop" through the middle of several glacial erratic boulders to the right of the main trail.

Go straight ahead at the second trail junction. After crossing a stream on a small bridge, larch (Larix laricina) becomes abundant and creeping snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula) and peat mosses (the genus Sphagnum) carpet the ground. This is a small zone of black spruce – larch swamp. The boardwalk then curves left through leatherleaf, bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia), sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia), and rhodora. The bright pink rhodora blooms are especially spectacular here in May.

The boardwalk ends at a viewing platform on an abandoned beaver lodge by the edge of Little Cherry Pond. There is 2–3 person bench here. Nice views of Garfield Ridge and the Franconia Range appear over the lowland spruce – fir forest on the far side of the pond. This could make a perfect sunset spot, as long as you bring flashlights! The water level is fairly constant in this pond (maximum depth 3 feet). Near its edge, deep emergent marsh – aquatic bed and, in somewhat deeper water, an aquatic bed community, support yellow pondlily (Nuphar variegata), pickerelweed, bladderworts (Utricularia sp.), and pondweeds (Potamogeton sp.).

Leather-leaf – sheep laurel dwarf shrub bog and leather-leaf – black spruce bog, together comprise an exemplary poor level fen / bog system around the shore of Little Cherry Pond. These two natural communities are similar, but the first type has no black spruce, whereas the second type has black spruce and larch in a sparse tree cover. The black spruce bog appears in a zone near the upland while the dwarf shrub bog is near the edge of open water on a quaking mat of loose peat moss. Several notable plants here include northern blue flag (Iris versicolor), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), sundews (Drosera sp.), cranberries (Vaccinium sp.), and pitcherplants (Sarracenia purpurea).

Little Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Little Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Little Cherry Pond is another hotspot for birding. White pine trees on the west side of the pond support a great blue heron colony. You may spy an osprey sitting on a snag. Palm warblers, black-backed woodpeckers, spruce grouse, and marsh wrens nest here. Boreal chickadees and gray jays are sometimes seen. It is one of the southernmost points for nesting ring-necked ducks. Wood ducks, hooded mergansers, and American black duck may all be seen. Other animals you might see here include moose, black bear, otter, beavers, coyotes, dragonflies, and butterflies.

Heading back towards Cherry Pond, take the other leg of the trail by going left at the junction. Pitcherplants appear in the black spruce flats that you will soon cross on bog bridges. Much "primitive" flora abounds including Sphagnum moss, lichens, and liverworts. A little further on, the low-growing trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) blooms from April to May. Other frequent groundcover in this area includes partridgeberry, dewdrop (Rubus dalibarda), and snowberry. Note porcupine-girdling on some of the larch trunks here.

Presidentials (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Presidentials (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Soon you cross more bog bridges and arrive back at the first trail junction. You have now closed the Little Cherry Pond loop. Continue straight ahead and follow the trail back to the railroad tracks at Cherry Pond. Cross the railroad tracks and continue for 100 feet until you come to the Rampart Path (described below).

Before returning, hike left on the Rampart Path, a short out and back trail along the north shore of Cherry Pond. Along the way there are several spectacular views of the pond and the mountains beyond. The spongy peat mat is mostly grounded, but its outer edge floats in the open water. The mat itself is composed primarily of Sphagnum moss, but other plants present include leatherleaf, rhodora, Labrador tea, alder, and black spruce. Landward, it grades into a swampy forest of mostly larch, with some black spruce, over a bed of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens).

Locator map for Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
(map by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Locator map for Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge (map by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
 







 


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  Driving Directions   

The trailhead for Pondicherry Rail Trail is located on Airport Road in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

Bog mat at Little Cherry Pond
(photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Bog mat at Little Cherry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
From Whitefield:
  • From Whitefield's village center, follow Rt. 116 East.
  • After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Hazen Road (also marked by an airport sign).
  • After 1.3 miles, turn left onto Airport Road.
  • Travel another 1.4 miles and the trailhead parking area will be located on the left side of the road in Whitefield, across the street from a biomass plant which is on the right.
  • To access the parking area, go over a one lane bridge to find the parking area on the right, right after the bridge.
  • The trail is straight ahead from the bridge.

From Carroll (Twin Mountain):
  • From the junction of Routes 3 and 302 in Carroll (Twin Mountain), head north on Rt. 3.
  • After 2.1 miles, at a blinking yellow light, turn right onto Rt. 115.
  • Travel 4.3 miles then turn left onto Airport Road.
  • Drive for 1.5 miles, then turn right and the trailhead parking area will be located on the right side of the road in Whitefield, across the street from a biomass plant which is on the left.
  • To access the parking area, go over a one lane bridge to find the parking area on the right, right after the bridge.
  • Little Cherry Pond in late September
    (photo by Ben Kimball for
    NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
    Little Cherry Pond in late September (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
  • The trail is straight ahead from the bridge.

From Jefferson:
  • From the junction of Routes 2 and 115 in Jefferson, head southwest onto Rt. 115.
  • After 5.4 miles, turn right onto Airport Road.
  • Drive for 1.5 miles, then turn right and the trailhead parking area will be located on the right side of the road in Whitefield, across the street from a biomass plant which is on the left.
  • To access the parking area, go over a one lane bridge to find the parking area on the right, right after the bridge.
  • The trail is straight ahead from the bridge.

Credits   

Moorhen Marsh and Cherry Mountain
(photo by Ben Kimball for
NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Moorhen Marsh and Cherry Mountain (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
This brochure was created by the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau as part of a series designed to educate the public about the state's special plants and natural communities. For more brochures, visit: New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau.

NH Division of Forests & Lands - DRED
172 Pembroke Road - PO Box 1856
Concord, NH 03301-1856
Tel: (603) 271-2215
Fax: (603) 271-6488
The DFL is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

This brochure was paid for with funds from the NH Conservation License Plate www.mooseplate.com

Cherry Pond and the Pliny Range from the Tudor Richards viewing platform
(photo by Webmaster)
Cherry Pond and the Pliny Range from the Tudor Richards viewing platform (photo by Webmaster)

About Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge   

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is a tract of preserved land of about 6,000 acres located in Whitefield and Jefferson, New Hampshire. It offers scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and protection of important habitats.

The refuge encloses Cherry Pond (100 acres), Little Cherry Pond (25 acres), Mud Pond (3 acres), and Moorhen Marsh. Johns River and Stanley Slide Brook (a.k.a. Stanley Brook or Slide Brook) pass through the refuge, as do several foot trails, a couple rail trails, and even an active railroad (New Hampshire Central Railroad).

The Presidential Range Rail Trail at
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
(photo by Webmaster)
The Presidential Range Rail Trail at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge (photo by Webmaster)
The property can be accessed via several trails: the Pondicherry Rail Trail, the Presidential Range Rail Trail, Slide Brook Trail (part of the long-distance Cohos Trail), Colonel Whipple Trail (also part of the Cohos Trail), and Mud Pond Trail. The rail trails allow snowmobile traffic in the winter; otherwise all trails are open to foot travel only. Mud Pond Trail is reportedly handicapped accessible – I only hiked it during the winter so I can't confirm that for sure but it certainly seemed like it would be in the non-snow seasons. Unlike the other access points, Mud Pond Trail does not connect into the rest of the trail network.

Popular activities include bird watching, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, nature study, photography, and hunting (excluding Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond and the area between them).

The scenery is stunning. The views from the shores of Cherry Pond include the Presidential, Pliny, Crescent, and Dartmouth mountain ranges as well as Cherry Mountain. The Tudor Richards viewing platform at Cherry Pond offers a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the vista and watch for birds. There are vast tracts of beautiful wetlands along the Presidential Range Rail Trail, and the surrounding mountains are visible from these areas too. Little Cherry Pond and Mud Pond are also equipped with viewings platforms.

With its proximity to the White Mountain National Forest, the refuge serves as a wildlife corridor as well as preserving its many important habitats. Over 200 species of birds have been identified at the refuge and a heron rookery exists on the west side of Little Cherry Pond. Links to checklists of the various animals at Pondicherry are included below. Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge also supports lots of interesting flora such as pitcher plants, creeping snowberry, trillium, leatherleaf, and rhodora.

Pondicherry is a Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and it is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with New Hampshire Audubon and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game. A local Friends group also plays a role in the management of the refuge, and the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails has specific jurisdiction for the rail trails.

Little Cherry Pond (photo by Webmaster)
Little Cherry Pond (photo by Webmaster)

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Checklists   

Click on the following links to see lists of species that have been spotted at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.


Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge Property Use Guidelines   

The refuge is open to the public during daylight hours. Please, for the protection of the area and its inhabitants, and for everyone's enjoyment:

  • No camping or fires permitted.
  • Carry out all trash and litter.
  • Do not collect or disturb plants or animals.
  • Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash or under the control of the owner at all times.
  • Hunting is allowed on the refuge in accordance with state regulations. Be sure to wear blaze orange during hunting season. Hunting is not allowed between Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond.
  • Foot travel only on Little Cherry Pond Trail.
  • Bicycles and horses are allowed on the rail trail only.
  • No motor vehicles allowed in spring, summer, and fall.
  • Snowmobiles and cross-country skiers share the rail trail in winter – use caution when crossing trails.
  • Be prepared for uneven walking. Trails may be wet, and the boardwalks will be slippery when wet.

The Presidential Mountain Range from the Presidential Range Rail Trail
(photo by Webmaster)
The Presidential Mountain Range from the Presidential Range Rail Trail (photo by Webmaster)

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