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Mud Pond Trail

Location Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge near Jefferson, New Hampshire.
State(s) New Hampshire
Counties Coos
Type Nature Trail
Length 0.60 Miles / 0.97 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Mud Pond in Autumn
Mud Pond in Autumn

The Mud Pond Trail is on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and is universally accessible. The trail was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, US Fish and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers from the Friends of Pondicherry over a five summer period. The trail has a 900 foot long raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of a boreal forest and wetland communities.
Visitors walk through an forest community uncommon to the Connecticut River Valley to a beautiful pond and fen deep within the refuge. Benches allow visitors to sit and observe the wildlife, plant communities and scenery. Mud Pond is home to three carnivorous plants and unusual wildlife for this part of New England, including Arctic Jutta butterfly, black-backed woodpecker, gray jay, boreal chickadee, yellow-bellied flycatcher, and palm warbler. Moose, black bear and snowshoe hare are sometimes seen along the trail.
The trailhead was built on a restored log landing and some of the trail follows old logging roads that are being restored. The boardwalk portion is on older forests that have not been harvested for over a century. The trail takes visitors, including those in strollers and wheelchairs on a unique raised boardwalk providing an experience found nowhere else in New Hampshire. The trail is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where opportunities for wheelchair accessible trails in this mountainous region are limited (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset



From Jefferson, NH take Route 116 west 3 miles to the Mud Pond Trailhead.


Additional Information

Width: 56 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 1134

Elevation High Point: 1204

Year Designated: 2013

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Barry Parrish
Refuge Manager
US Fish and Wildlife Service
103 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland , MA 01375
(413) 548-8002


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Interesting Facts about the Mud Pond Trail. Brochure View/Download
Picture of Cotton Grass at Mud Pond. Photo View/Download
Snowshoe Hare on Mud Pond Trail. Photo View/Download
Boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail on a rainy day. Photo View/Download
Rhodora at Mud Pond. Photo View/Download
Observation platform at Mud Pond. Photo View/Download
Wildlife Crossing on Mud Pond Trail Boardwalk. Photo View/Download
Wheelchair accessible Mud Pond Trail. Photo View/Download
Aerial Photo showing the Mud Pond Trail. Photo View/Download



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