Partridge Woods

This trail network follows old woods roads through a property managed by the Nelson Conservation Commission.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
3.7 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Nelson (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Grass/Meadow
Permitted on leash


This 588 acres of land, known as "Partridge Woods," is owned by the Town of Nelson. It contains the highest peak in Nelson and the second highest peak in Cheshire County (Osgood Hill). It also accesses the headwaters for three different regional watersheds: the Ashuelot River, Nubanusit Brook, and the North Branch of the Contoocook River. 
The entirety of the property is under a conservation easement held by the Harris Center for Conservation Education and is open to the public. The land was acquired in 2017, with help from the Harris Center, a bequest from Sidney and Claire Partridge(for whom the land is named), and grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and the NH Conservation Committee(the Moose Plate program). 
Trail Descriptions: 
Ethan's Way: The trail begins at the Brickyard Road parking area. Follow blue blazes on an abandoned woods road 1.1 miles to the intersection with the Wheeler Trail. Difficulty Level: moderate, mostly uphill.
Osgood Hill Link Trail: The trail begins at the intersection of the Wheeler Trail and  Brickyard Road. Follow blue blazes 0.3 miles to the intersection with the Kulish Ledge Trail, and turn left, following the yellow blazes to the top of Osgood Hill (Distance 0.3 miles).  Difficulty Level: easy. 
Kulish Ledge trail: Trailhead parking is located on the right on Old Stoddard Road, 1.4 miles from Nelson Village. Follow yellow blazes over   a bridge over Bailey Brook, along a beaver pond and up to the intersection with the Osgood Hill Link Trail (distance 0.9 miles). Continue 0.3 miles to the top of Osgood Hill. Difficulty Level: moderate.

Other Information

Note to Hikers: Please respect the privacy of home and property owners along Brickyard and Old Stoddard Roads by parking in designated parking areas only when they are open and staying on trails. Partridge Woods is a "carry in, carry out" recreation area. Dogs are welcome, as are mountain bikes. Hunting is also permitted. 

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

Nelson Conservation Commission
7 Nelson Common Rd.
Nelson, NH 03457
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.
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Trailhead Information

Parking can be accessed off Brickyard Road all year. Parking for the Kulish Ledge Trail is on Old Stoddard Road, approximately 0.5 miles east of intersection with Homestead Lane. 


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