Wolfeboro, NH: Cotton Valley Rail Trail In Spring, Before The Summer Crowds — A Picture Perfect Study In Tranquility.
..by Anura Guruge
I am sure it is packed during the Summer. But over the last 4 weeks, on Thursday evening’s, from 7 pm to 8 pm, it has been study in harmonious, inspirational tranquility set against some of the most picturesque aquatic settings in NH’s Lake Region.
Yes, for the last 4 weeks, every Thursday evening I have been walking the trail with undisguised joy, delight and admiration. This is another NH gem. Yes, we have lots of wonderful trails and hikes, but this has to rate high among these for its stately elegance, ease of terrain, diversity of views and the near seamless integration with the surroundings.
This last Thursday, starting at 7:05 pm at the Wolfeboro Railway Station I walked up to Lake Wentworth and back. WOW. WOW NH. Per the map on the trail that was probably close to a 4 mile walk. It took me about 45 minutes. During that whole walk I saw a total of 3 people and 1 small dog on the trail and they were all right by where the trail, at Wolfeboro Falls, crosses 109/28. That was it. The rest of the time I had that trail all to myself — though I would not have had any problems sharing it with others. It is plenty big enough.
Going out all I heard was a perfectly modulated orchestra of spring peepers peeping, insects chirping and birds tweeting. It was not too invasive. It was just right as if nature played with the volume control to get it just right for the time of day and setting. As I said about the Grand Canyon, it is not like I am unaccustomed to solitude and silence. I do live on a dirt road and I do go running up Prospect Mountain Road — which is mainly unpopulated. Right now, though I have my window wide open, and I am 30′ above ground looking at a blanket of delicate Spring greens on the tops of a sea of trees. But, there are no birds tweeting or insects chirping.
So, bottom line, I strongly recommend that you add this trail to your list of favorite NH walks, IF it is not already on your list. Enjoy.