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Harris Center: East Side Trails

The East Side Trail system includes the trails in the heart of the Harris Center sanctuary to the east of King’s Highway in Hancock and features fairly easy hiking to huge glacial boulders through cool hardwood and hemlock forests.
Trail Activity
3.7 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Hancock (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


Dandelyon Trail: The Dandelyon Trail (named after Cecil Lyon) is about 0.5 miles long and marked with yellow rectangles. It ends at an array of huge glacial boulders.

Boulder Train Loop Trail: The Boulder Train Loop Trail begins and ends along the Dandelyon Trail, and is about 0.5 miles long. This trail also intersects with the Channing Trail. The loop is marked with blue rectangles, and winds through large granite boulders deposited by the last glacier.

Channing Trail: The Channing Trail (named after Lawrence M. Channing) is about 1.6 miles long, and marked with orange rectangles. The trail is accessed from the Boulder Train Loop and ends on King’s Highway just above Hunts Pond Road. Hikers can return to the Harris Center via the road.

Orr’s Edge Trail: The Orr’s Edge Trail (named for trail master Jim Orr) is a short, easy, fairly level trail that follows the edge of the meadow and woodlands around the Harris Center. About 0.4 miles in length, this trail is marked with yellow "bobcat" markers.

Other Information

Dogs are welcome on the trail but they must be leashed at all times.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Harris Center for Conservation Education online or contact: 

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Harris Center for Conservation Education
83 King's Highway
Hancock, NH 03449
Phone: (603) 525-3394
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Use common sense. If it seems like a bad idea, it probably is.
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Trailhead Information

Take NH-123 west from Hancock, NH. About 2 miles down the road make a left on Hunts Pond Rd (sign marks the Harris Center). Make a left on Kings Highway. There are two parking lots at the Harris Center.

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