By Kris Pieper

We are actively monitoring COVID-19 and assessing its impacts on the Cohos Trail. As the situation is constantly changing, we will be using this page as a space for updates as more information becomes available to us. Check back here and on Facebook for the latest on COVID-19 and its impact on the Cohos Trail.

Until such time as the State lifts restrictions, The Cohos Trail Association must close its five shelters and tent platform to overnight use. The sites in question are: Devil’s Rest Shelter, Old Hermit Shelter, Baldhead Lean-to, Panorama Shelter, Neil Tillotson Hut, and Percy Loop Tentsite. It is likely the restrictions will be lifted in June. If they are, we will post here immediately.

A large part of our trail, between the southern terminus at the Davis Path and the northern end of the Kilkenny Ridge at South Pond, lies within the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). Restrictions and guidelines set by the WMNF during the pandemic should be followed by all hikers on the Cohos Trail while hiking within National Forest boundaries. Please refer to the WMNF web page for the latest updates.

TCTA does not expect volunteers to do any sort of trail work while Gov. Sununu’s stay-at-home order remains in place, and if you would prefer to stay off the trails entirely this year, we support that decision. Protecting your health is the top priority. The trails will be there (and so will the blowdowns) once COVID-19 passes! That said, we are not expressly forbidding you from going out on your trail, but please prioritize your safety and do whatever you’re comfortable with. If that means no trail work for the 2020 season, that is totally fine.

Currently, the State of New Hampshire is not allowing any trail work on state lands. If your trail crosses state lands, please follow the state’s guidelines and refrain from working on the trail until further notice. If you are not sure whether your trail is on state lands, please email Sue Wentworth for clarification.