Head’s Pond Trail

New Hampshire

Head’s Pond Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Merrimack
Length: 1.75 miles
Trail end points: Heads Pond and Pleasant St. (Hooksett)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6315617
Trail activities: Fishing, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Head’s Pond Trail Description

Head’s Pond Trail (formerly known as the Hooksett Rail-Trail) follows a portion of a right-of-way of the Portsmouth & Concord Railroad. This section of the railroad was abandoned in 1862, leaving behind an attractive corridor for the trail. The trail provides access to Heads Pond and other quarry ponds, following Browns Brook. The trailhead is on Hooksett Road right next to Post Road. The trail extends to the northwest to Pleasant Street.


Parking and Trail Access

Park near Heads Pond off N. View Terrace or off US 3 (Allenstown Rd.) where the trail intersects the road.

Head’s Pond Trail Reviews

did walk today with meet-up group - it was a small group but had great time on this trail for the firs time. Pleasant, well maintained and educational posters along the way.

Great easy trail. Lot's of nature and educated signs. Only downfall "(I don't understand)" Dog owners leave their bags of poop all along the trail. Enjoy your walk....

My wife and I decided to venture to Hooksett and walk the rail trail. The weather was quite nice, and the path was very level. There is plenty to see and periodically, there would be a posting of things to see and a bit of history and a bench to sit. You can either walk or bike the trail. It seemed to be very popular as a number of people were walking and biking alone the trail. There are places that you could walk closer to the shore have lunch on the shore.


The Hooksett Kiwanis obtained a State of NH trail grant in 2010 to improve the surface of the trail. The trail now has 4" of compacted stone dust on the section from the trail head on Rte 3 to the end of the Town owned trail, about 1/4 mile before the pond on the south side. Hopefully the section of the trail from where the stone dust ends to the pond by the painted rock will become Town property soon and will be upgraded to stone dust surface, too. The section of the trail between Rte 3 and Pleasant St will have stone dust placed the summer of 2011.

For those who want a walk that does not double back 100%, park at the Rte 3 trail head and take the side trail to the west that goes up to Northview Terrace (the side road off Post Rd where there is parking, too). The side trail does go up a hill but that adds to the exercise effort/gain. Walk or ride back to along Post Rd (a sidewalk is there) north to the parking lot at Rte 3.


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