The Monadnock Conservancy opened the Cunningham Pond Conservation Area Trails to the public in 2020.
The Peterson Trail (.3 mi) starts from a new parking area on Cunningham Pond Road near Old Mountain Road. From there it traverses through rolling woodlands to an intersection where there is a choice between the Cunningham Pond Loop Trail and a trail (.75 mi) through the Goyette Natural Area, another Conservancy property. The Cunningham Pond Loop Trail (.65 mi) climbs to a large hay field with sweeping views of Pack Monadnock and Temple Mountain. From the field, a spur winds down to an old carriage road (.33 mi) along the pond’s edge that will bring you back to the Cunningham Pond Loop Trail and then to the Peterson trail.
Along the trails, you can find trees with woodpecker holes, mushrooms, and moss-covered rocks amidst the sounds of the stream and birds flitting above.