Jolly Rand Trail

Destination:  Jolly Rand Trail
Trail:  Jolly Rand Trail
Region:  NH - Southeast  
Seacoast Region
Location:  Exeter, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Distance:  2.0 miles  
Elevation Gain:  Minimal  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 1:00  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 1:30  
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   

An unmaintained dirt road in Exeter is used as a walking trail, with efforts underway to have it officially designated as such. The old road runs about a mile through the woods from Pickpocket Road to Brentwood Road. Originally a dirt road and more recently set up as a walking trail courtesy of a local Boy Scout, Jolly Rand is marked by intermittently-placed white wooden squares nailed to the trees.

The course of the trail is also marked by an old stone wall: follow it to get through the less well-marked sections of trail. Parts of the trail are overgrown at this writing, but enough effort has been made to maintain the right of way that the stone wall has been extended across the new natural gas line pipeline clearing to indicate where the trail crosses.

Jolly Rand has sufficient dips and rises to be interesting, as well as a few wet spots, but is gentle enough for cross-country skiing.


NH - Southeast

  Driving Directions   

Reach it via Rt. 111 (the road leading out of the center of Exeter past the Post Office, the Academy, and the Inn at Exeter.) Continue on Rt. 111 toward Kingston, finally bearing right onto Pickpocket Road. Jolly Rand is on the right a few yards beyond the beginning of Pickpocket.

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