Mud Pond Trail

A wheelchair accessible trail and boardwalk to a northern white cedar and black spruce seepage swamp and a fen around Mud Pond.

photo: Mud Pond in Autumn Type: Nature Trail
Length: 0.60 miles
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

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Directions

Location: Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge near Jefferson, New Hampshire.
States: New Hampshire
Counties: Coos
Latitude: 44.39722   Longitude: -71.51318

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

Description

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. The trail is used by local residents, visitors staying at nearby resorts, school groups families with children in strollers, and people confined wheelchairs.
The future plan for the trail is to provide interpretive panels and on line resources to help visitors understand the ecology and history of this area.

Additional Details

Width: 56 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 1,134
Elevation High Point: 1,204
Year Designated: 2013

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Interesting Facts about the Mud Pond Trail.

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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

 

Photos

Picture of Cotton Grass at Mud Pond.

Picture of Cotton Grass at Mud Pond.

Snowshoe Hare on Mud Pond Trail.

Snowshoe Hare on Mud Pond Trail.

 

Boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail on a rainy day.

Boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail on a rainy day.

Rhodora at Mud Pond.

Rhodora at Mud Pond.

 

Observation platform at Mud Pond.

Observation platform at Mud Pond.

Wildlife Crossing on Mud Pond Trail Boardwalk.

Wildlife Crossing on Mud Pond Trail Boardwalk.

 

Wheelchair accessible Mud Pond Trail.

Wheelchair accessible Mud Pond Trail.


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Aerial Photo showing the Mud Pond Trail.

Aerial Photo showing the Mud Pond Trail.

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