Farnum Trails

Provides a wide variety of trails to suit many abilities.
Trail Activity
1.5 miles, Network
Plainfield (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt
Permitted on leash


To explore the Plainfield Town Forest’s Farnum Lot, with its filtered views of Mt. Ascutney and an active beaver meadow, follow the blue-blazed 1.2-mile loop trail encircling the lot; and a number of other unmarked trails that cross the property. The Townsend (where trailhead parking is located and trail crosses open field) and Farnum Lot properties are contiguous with several hundred acres of surrounding undeveloped land – providing not only trails for recreation, but also excellent habitat and species biodiversity, including mink, fisher, deer, and many bird species.

Other Information

This trail crosses both private and town property. Access for public use on these lands was provided through the generosity of the landowners through donations of conservation easements with the Upper Valley Land Trust. In all cases, please respect landowners’ privacy, stay on the trail, and Leave No Trace.

Trail Manager

Visit Plainfield Trailblazers online for more information or contact:

Plainfield Trailblazers
PO Box 111
Meriden, NH 03770
Phone: (603) 469-3845
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.
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Trailhead Information

From Route 120 in Meriden, NH, turn west at the yellow flashing light onto Main Street and go 0.8 miles, over the hill past Kimball Union Academy (KUA) and down to a covered bridge. Turn left onto Colby Hill Road, going through the covered bridge. From the covered bridge go 0.9 mile on Colby Hill Road and turn left onto Columbus Jordan Road. Parking will be on your right along Columbus Jordan Road, half a mile from its junction with Colby Hill Road.

The blue-blazed Farnum Loop Trail enters the woods about 25 yards from the parking area across a mowed field to the west. On the other side of the road, to the east, is a yellow-blazed connector trail that links with the French’s Ledges Trail, bringing you to the Ledges in just over three-quarters of a mile.

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