Hiking Trails at The Rocks
No matter the season, there is plenty to explore - from the history of the place to its natural beauty - along the trails at The Rocks Estate. Our extensive trails system is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. Maps are available at our information kiosk, located adjacent to the parking lot. Dogs are welcome to accompany their humans on the trails, although we ask that you keep them leashed until you're on the trail.
Scrapbook Memory Trail - .8 miles/Easy
This scenic trail includes six stops around the hub of activity at The Rocks, where visitors will learn some of the estate's history, enjoy mountain vistas, and take advantage of the camera stands available to snap the perfect keepsake photos. The Scrapbook Memory Trail meanders past the Tea House and Formal Gardens, the Carriage Barn, and the Tool Shed, with a winter stop to roast marshmallows at the fire pit, and amazing views in all seasons. The Scrap Book Memory Trail Map (430 KB PDF file)
Christmas Tree Trail - .8 miles/Easy
The Christmas Tree Trail leads visitors through The Rocks Christmas tree plantation, with 15 numbered stops noting information about the property's past and present. The trail leads past wetland habitat, rows of Christmas trees, and artfully crafted stone walls, with panoramic views of the White Mountains along the way. Christmas Tree Trail Map (2.26 MB PDF)
Heritage Trail - 1.5 miles/Easy
The Heritage Trail leads wanderers through woods and meadow, pausing at 20 sites along the way to share some of the captivating history of The Rocks and its development, beginning in the 1800s, as a summer estate for the Glessner family. The trail begins at Fanny's Little Playhouse, built in 1886 for young Fanny Glessner and now serving as the interpretive center at The Rocks, and takes visitors past the site of the family's mansion, incredible mountain views, and many historic buildings that have been carefully restored for modern use. Heritage Trail Map (426 KB PDF)
Michael A. Gozzo Trail - 4.6 miles/Varied
This varied trail is named for the late Michael A. Gozzo, who loved hiking and the White Mountains. The trail meanders through The Rocks Estate, crossing managed woodland and overgrown apple orchards, and skirting beaver ponds and wetland habitat.
Hikers may explore this trail as one long loop or by selecting one or more of the various spurs:
- 1.8-mile/ Moderate - Gozzo Rocks Loop begins and ends at The Rocks and includes the Beaver Pond Loop.
- .67-mile (one-way)/Difficult - Gozzo Trail to South Road - This spur of the trail leads steeply from the beaver pond to South Road.
- 1.5-mile/Moderate - Gozzo South Road Loop begins and ends at the South Road parking area.
Michael A. Gozzo Trail Map (51 KB PDF)