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Parks, Trails, & Open Spaces

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Swimming

  • Cunningham Pond - located on Cunningham Pond Road. Parking stickers required, available from Town Clerk or Recreation Department. Lifeguard on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day. Kayak rentals.
  • Adams Pool
  • Swimming lessons and pool schedule

Hiking

  • Shieling Forest

1/4 mile S. of Monadnock Community Hospital. 271-3457. 45 acres of forest w/over 2 miles of self-guided foot trails.Forestry Learning Center with exhibit area including a small woodlot management demonstration. Available to organizations for meetings with a conservation purpose. Trails and forest open 7days, dawn to dusk.

Hiking, picnicking, fishing, equestrian trails, biking, boating.  Day use only. 1,198 acres. No fees. Administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this facility is named after the famous composer and concert pianist, Edward Alexander MacDowell. In 1907 his wife, Marian, established the MacDowell Colony for artists.

Managed by the division of Fish and Game, hunting is allowed on the 228 acres so one must use caution and wear a lot of hunter orange during hunting seasons. The trails link up with the Temple Mountain trails and, if you are lucky and energetic, you can find your way over to the Wapack Trail system. Four wheelers are not allowed on the trails. There is a large pond for anglers and swimming dogs. The woods are some of the most peaceful and pleasing in the area.
You can access the park from 123. Take 123 South from 101. You will pass Bass Road on your left, watch for sign on your left.

  •  Miller State Park
    Off NH Rt. 101, 3 miles E. of Peterborough. 924-3672. Established in 1891 as a memorial to General James Miller, hero of the Battle of Lundy's Lane in the War of 1812. Scenic auto road to summit of Pack Monadnock Mtn. (elev. 2,290'). Picnic sites, walking trails, hiking. Outstanding views of Mount Monadnock and the entire region.
  • Wapack National Wildlife Refuge 
    Off NH 101 at Miller State Park, Peterborough. 1,672 acres on N. Pack Monadnock Mtn., NE of Miller State Park. This mostly timbered area contains a bog, swamp, bare rock ledge and cliff. Popular hawk migration area. Wildlife observation, photography, hiking, ski touring, snowshoeing. No camping or open fires. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury, MA01776.
  • Cranberry Meadow Bog Trail
    Located off Old Street Roadnear the intersection with Route 101, this trail winds its way East to Cranberry Meadow Pond and ends at the summit of Pack Monadnock.The Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail winds itself through some of Peterborough's most beautiful conservation land. Please take an afternoon and enjoy all that this walk has to offer!

 
Picnicking

  • Depot Square Park

This small urban park is a great setting for a picnic, with a shady riverside gazebo and plenty of benches and grassy areas. The Brenner Bridge footbridge extends over the confluence of the Nubanusit and the Contoocook Rivers, to the Riverwalk Parking Lot.  

  • Teixeira Park

Located on Union Street, just south of Nature's Green Grocer, this small park features a stone ring garden and is often referred to as "Stonehenge Park".  Good for a picnic or taking the dog for a stroll.  Just remember that dog walkers by town code must carry a plastic bag or scoop to collect waste left by their dogs and remove it for sanitary disposal. 

Are you looking for something that's not listed here? Calendar of events can be found at these links:

Local Look Peterborough

Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

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