HIKING: Sourced from the Official Rochester, NH Website:

At Mount Isinglas Recreational Area
Rochester Neck Road
Gonic, NH 03869

  • Managed by Waste Managment.
  • Watson’s Way: 1.4 miles loop.
  • Locke’s Local Loop: 1.3 miles loop.
  • Luanne’s Lane: 3.5 miles each way.
  • Maps and interpretive guides are available at the trailhead for self guided tours that cover the local flora, fauna and local history of the area.
  • Walking/hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing.
  • Leashed dogs allowed.

Gonic Trails, Rochester
Three separate trails wind through this forested property skirting the Isinglass River off Rochester Neck Road. Locke’s Local Loop and Watson’s Way are both loop trails measuring close to 1.5 miles in length, while Luanne’s Lane is 3.5 miles each way. Owned by Waste Management and located adjacent to the Turnkey Landfill in the Mount Isinglass Recreational Area, the wooded trails include a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees. You might not expect to find scenic hiking next to a landfill, but Waste Management’s Turnkey Recycling & Environmental Enterprises has done a remarkable job of maintaining the trails and preserving the natural beauty of these shaded woods. The Isinglass River is smooth and reflective, and the trails are open year-round for fall leaf-peeping or winter snowshoeing. Mountain biking is also permitted, and leashed dogs are allowed on the trails.

Gonic Trails Map Brochure

Gonic Trails Sign Map

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Isinglass River Local Advisory Committee

BOULDERING: Sourced from Mountain Project:
A pleasant, low-key, bouldering area located by a small waterfall on the Isinglass River in Gonic NH. Problems currently range from V0 to V5, with low and highball problems. There is potential for harder lines if some aggressive cleaning was implemented. This is certainly not a new bouldering mecca, but it does have a couple of select lines that are not to be missed.

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Getting There

Parking for the trails is located on Rochester Neck Road, Rochester, NH in a dirt lot on waste management land. For more information just do a quick search of “The Gonic Trails”, it is very easy to find.

After parking follow the yellow trail for half a mile to the water, once you reach the river the bouldering area will become very clear. The higher quality lines are located on the lower wall by the river, up the hill by the trail there are several other lines that are seemingly crumbly or high quality but also highball.





Google Reviews

320 reviews
  • Philip Marcello
    Philip Marcello
    8 months ago

    This is a great place to get out of the city and take a walk in the wilderness. There are marked trails and unmarked trails. You can do 20 minutes, 40 minutes or 90 minutes. Trails go up, they go down, they crisscross. Some are easy, some are not. There's a place where you can go from the blue trail to the red trail by climbing some rocks. Great for dogs, but keep them under control. There are cliffs. This is not a walk in the park. If you want flat and easy, check out the Pickering ponds park. If you want something a little more challenging, this is it. Start with the yellow trails, it is easier than the red and blue trails.

  • Bollens
    8 months ago

    Beautiful river. If you want a longer trail start @ the end of the yellow at the Isinglass Water Access Parking lot farther down the road. 4.4mi total including the red loop. The waterfall is pretty. Super bumpy trail, watch your ankles.

  • Scott Pelletier
    Scott Pelletier
    8 months ago

    Great place for a little hike, great trails and they're kept up and the river and falls are beautiful, a great place to pack a lunch and sit by the falls

  • Corin Pilo
    Corin Pilo
    a year ago

    Gorgeous, dog friendly spot! If You follow the yellow trail you will have water views for the majority of the trip. (But if you stay on yellow the whole trail, keep in mind it is not a perfect loop, you will have to backtrack a bit.)

  • Paula Hansen
    Paula Hansen
    a year ago

    Nice hiking trail close to home. Great for a quick want to get outside. No problem with ticks or flying bugs until the 2nd part of the yellow trail- just a few flying around your face if you stood still. Beautiful waterfall at the intersection of the yellow & blue trail. A few rocky/rooty sections and I wasn't a fan of the wooden bridges covered with a fine mesh chicken wire-still felt slippery. No problem with flooded, muddy areas but after a rainfall I could see a few areas where there would be some problems.

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