Welcome to the Cohos Trail Association
Why not tour the area while on the Cohos Trail. There is much to see and do in the North Country. There are canyons, flumes, waterfalls, fire towers, caves, wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, ATVing. fishing and hunting all through the north country. In the winter, you can find snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. While walking through the forests up here, keep your eyes open for moose sheds (antlers) that were dropped during the winter months.
Magalloway Mountain Fire Tower
This is the only remaining manned fire tower in Pittsburg. There are two trails going up the mountain, both of which are a short but rugged climb. The view from the top is tremendous. You can go up into the tower if the warden is there or you can just relax on the ground and feed the gray jays. To get there, take the Magalloway Road off of Rt 3 in Pittsburg and follow the signs to the fire tower. Trail heads are at the parking area at end of road.
Garfield Falls is frequently visited by area visitors. It is a short 1/2 mile hike on an easy trail. The last section of trail at the falls is a steep descent to the bottom of the falls. There is a large pool at the bottom that you can swim in (cold). Fishing for native brook trout is good throughout the area. Climb the rocks near the falls and you will find a series of smaller falls up above the main falls. A great short hike for families. Follow Magalloway Road in about 13 miles and watch for the trailhead on your left. You can park on the right where the outhouse is. Note: Dangerous drop-offs on the sides of the trail. If you're hiking with young children, please be aware of this.
Little Hellgate Falls
Little Hellgate Falls was a bushwhack less than a year ago. Last summer, the state put in a trail to the falls. This waterfall is very scenic and unique. It received it's name because many a logger lost his life here breaking up log jams. To get there, take the Magalloway Road to the Buckhorn Road (first major right off the Magalloway Road). You will pass through another gate in 3-4 miles and the road becomes the Cedar Stream Road. Look for an old snowmobile trail on the left (Trl. 137). Park to the side, off the trail. Start hoofing it and you'll see a snowmobile bridge in a few hundred feet - cross that bridge and come to a second bridge. The trailhead is located on the left, immediately after crossing the second bridge. This is a beautifully done trail with log stairs and log benches... Good Work!...The descent into the falls is very steep so use care in this section. There is another log bench at the base of the falls for that picnic lunch!
There is no trail into this scenic cave. Most people are unaware that it even exists, except for snowmobilers and a few hunters. It is about 10 feet in diameter and goes into the ground on an angle about 25 feet. To find it, take the Magalloway Road to Buckhorn Road (first major right off from the Magalloway Road at mile 3). Travel 3-4 miles and bear left before the next gate where the road becomes Cedar Stream Road. (If you see white mileage signs that say Cedar Stream Rd, then you've gone too far). On Buckhorn, take a left directly after passing Camp #11 on the right. You will see a log landing a short ways in ( This section of road was gated off summer of 2011). Park here. On the very left-hand side of the landing, you will see an old path (used by snowmobilers now) heading into the woods. Follow this up about a mile or so until you drop into a small flat area. You may have to do some scouting around but the cave is on the right-hand side of this clearing not far from the ridgeline with spectacular views (when the leaves are gone). We will try to get GPS coordinates of the cave sometime in the future and post them here.
Indian Stream Canyon
From Pittsburg Route 3, take the Indian Stream Road (dirt) just before the Indian Stream Eatery and Cantina. Follow this dirt road for just under 16 miles. Signs mark the trailhead now and parking is available across the road in a pull-out. Very unusual rocks and a popular place to pan for gold!
The Falls in the River
North End: Accessible from the 2nd Connecticut Lake Dam parking lot. 1.5 miles to The Falls
South End: Mile marker 232.0 on US Route 3. The trail starts out on the Moose Alley Trail and after .1 mile, the Falls in The River Trail branches off to the left. .5 mile to The Falls
Photo Albums and More
This is where you will find our photo albums, trail stories, the Cohos slide show, links and more.