The Jail Trail

Area:  The Jail Trail
Trail:  Cocheco River Trail
Region:  NH - Southeast  
Seacoast Region
Location:  Dover, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  River
Distance:  1.0 mile  
Elevation Gain:  Minimal  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 0:30  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 1:00  
Season:  Variable
Author:  Phil Blampied

This information has been excerpted (with permission) from 20 Great Easy Woods Walks near Seacoast New Hampshire, by Phil Blampied, copyright 1999.

Trail Guide   

County-owned land behind the Strafford County jail and county-run Riverside Rest Home has been developed for recreational use. A one mile loop trail descends to the edge of the Cocheco River and then back again. A varied terrain of woods, cornfields and riverbank makes for an interesting stroll of a little under an hour.


NH - Southeast

  Driving Directions   

Get to the trail by driving to the jail and nursing home complex:
  • Take Sixth Street out of Dover past Liberty Mutual.
  • Turn left on County Farm Cross Road.
  • Follow County Farm Cross Road a couple of miles to the jail/nursing home complex and park on the north side of the Riverside Rest Home parking lot.

From the other direction:
  • Turn off Rt. 125 into Gonic.
  • Follow Pickering Road through the center of Gonic and several miles beyond to County Cross Road, where there are directional signs for the county facility.

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