Southern NH

Bear Brook progress statement

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Leaders from SNH NEMBA (Matt Caron, Kathy Evans, Peter DeSantis and Dan Sloan) and NEMBA’s director, Philip Keyes, met with DRED’s director of Parks & Recreation, the bureau chief of trail, the foresters for the region, the land manager, regional supervisor and a representative from the division of forestry.

The purpose of the meeting was have DRED re-open the Bear Brook extension trail that parallels One Mile Road and to get SNH NEMBA’s 5-year trail plan for the park back on track. We’re pleased to report that DRED will be fast-tracking the process of re-opening the trail and will be reviewing the specifics of the next elements of the 5-year plan so that this plan is coordinated along with input from other user groups.

According to DRED, they were faced with a dilemma about re-opening the trail after the logging because the trail was not on their recreation map (though it was on a 1991 forestry resource map). Since the trail is not officially recognized, DRED must submit it to State Land Management Team for review. This will take place at the committee’s next meeting on the 1st Tuesday in June. DRED leadership believes that authorizing this trail to become part of the official trail inventory at Bear Brook should not be a problem.

We thank everyone for communicating with DRED, and we’re optimistic that the trail will be re-opened.

 
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Horse Hill Nature Preserve, Merrimack

184 Amherst Rd
Merrimack  New Hampshire  03054
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

15%

Description

Permitted Activities:
Hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, and snowmobile and horseback riding.

Not Permitted Activities:
ATV use and Target Shooting is expressly prohibited.

The 563± acre property consists of gently rolling to fairly steep terrain and two hills approximately 400' elevation.  The land was cleared for pasture many years ago, it has been logged several times, and now consists primarily of mixed hardwood forest with trees between 20 and 60 years of age.  The property includes a series of streams, ponds, swamps, and numerous wetlands totaling approximately 60 acres.  The varied terrain, habitat, and large areas of undisturbed open space have encouraged a wide variety of wildlife to thrive on the property.

Trails:
The trails are 30% doubletrack and 70% singletrack. There are two large hills (Horse Hill and Blodgett Hill) with several routes up and down each allowing for multiple loops.  If you stay on the loop trail right out of the Amherst Rd parking lot the trails are relatively flat and suitable for a novice rider.  Loop will give you roughly 4.5 miles and give you a few challenges to test your skills.  There are a few singletrack trails you don’t want to miss if you are looking for some tech, Outer Ledges, Twister and East Slope.  There are also many unmarked trails, so if you can score a guide to bring you around, do it.  Horse Hill has many beaver ponds within the 560 acres so if it rains, give it time to dry out.

There is another group of trails on the other side of Naticook Road using Quarry Trail that are commonly referred to as the Greens Pond / Wasserman Park trails. Total mileage at Horse Hill is around 12+ miles, 15-20 miles if you cross Naticook. The largest parking lot is at 184 Amherst Road in Merrimack, NH and you can print a trail map from merrimackoutdoors.org

Unique/Historic Features:
The Preserve takes its name from Horse Hill, one of two 400' hills located within the Preserve. Blodgett Hill, the highest point within the Preserve, is named for the Blodgett family who were early settlers of this part of Merrimack. The Spalding family were also early settlers, and the foundation of the house of a Captain Spalding is located in the Preserve. Numerous stone walls still mark the one time farming activities of these two families. Two hand dug, stone lined, wells are located on the property. One of these wells is still in use today. A well preserved portion of Old Kings Highway, a Colonial road which once ran from Keene to Portsmouth, crosses the southeast corner of the Preserve.

Horse Hill has a dedicated group of trail workers including many from Southern NH NEMBA that keep things clean and ever expanding.  Many of them also groom the singletrack in the winter for Fat Biking so it has become a premiere fat bike spot.  HH also hosts all day dog walking, snow shoe races, Audubon Society hikes, scouting hikes, and geocaching events.

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Mayflower Hill, Milford

100 Shady Lane
Milford  New Hampshire  03055
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Mayflower Hill is a great place to ride when you have very little time.  The trail starts with a great hill climb and then makes a loop around the top of Mayflower Hill.  This 35 acre area is the home of many old quarries that are small in size.  There is also a beautiful lookout over looking Temple, Pack and North Pack Monadnock. This is a great place to go at sunset! There are many other trails in this area,Mayflower Hill itself having about 1 mile of trails, but please be aware that many of them are on private property so please respect the “No Trespassing” signs.

 

Notes:

The town forest is open to hunting. Be sure to wear orange in the fall.  Please be respectful to others using the trails.  The town forest joins mainly parcels of private land. Please be sure to stay off of land that is posted no trespassing.

Mayflower Hill is owned by the town of Milford and managed and maintained by the Milford Conservation Commission.

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Tucker Brook Town Forest, Milford

221 Savage Rd
Milford  New Hampshire  03055
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Locations:

221 Savage Rd., Milford NH, South Section
68 Whitten Rd. Milford NH, North section

Description:

Tucker Brook Town Forest is a 258 acre conservation area with many multi-use recreation trails.  Tucker Brook runs through the property and the trails cross the brook at various points.  The forest has many wetlands and White Pine groves.  Be sure to see the Tucker Brook Falls and look for sections of trail along the brook that have many glacial erratics. The trails are mostly single track and hilly.  There are few technical spots, but all are walkable. Some of the trails are marked while others are not.  If you get lost, remember that Savage Road runs to your west and Route 101 bypass is to your east.  The trails all end up on local roads close to where you parked. In all there are about 10 miles of trails at Tucker Brook.

Notes:

The town forest is open to hunting. Be sure to wear orange in the fall.  Please be respectful to others using the trails.  The town forest joins mainly parcels of private land. Please be sure to stay off of land that is posted no trespassing.

Directions:


Trail Head South: 221 Savage Rd.
Turn off of the Route 101 bypass by the Milford DMV onto Old Wilton Road.  Bear right as the road changes to Savage Road.  Go about 0.3 miles from the “Y” and park under the power lines on the left.  The trailhead is 200 feet up the road on the left.

Tucker Brook North: 68 Whitten Rd.
Turn off of the Route 101 bypass by the Milford DMV onto Old Wilton Road.  Bear left onto Whitten Road Park on the left just after going over the bridge for Tucker Brook.

Tucker Brook is owned by the town of Milford and managed and maintained by the Milford Conservation Commission.

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Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Salem Town Forest

56 Shadow Lake RD
Salem  New Hampshire  03079
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Salem Town Forest

An area totaling nearly 200 acres, the Salem Town Forest offers year round recreation.

The parking lot is large and a kiosk at the entrance has a detailed map with a brief history of the area.

There about 5 miles of trail within the forest, and an additional 5 miles on neighboring private property. Those trails can be accessed from the end of Trail A (boundary not marked).

The area has some steep hills with a few minor rocky, technical sections. Trail A is the best for beginners, offering a flat ride past the wetlands.

Trail H is a steeper, but fun, intermediate level trail.

Please stay on the marked trails and do not create new trails.

 

Directions:

56 Shadow Lake Road
Route 93 Exit 3. East on Route 111. Cross Route 28 and continue 0.7 miles.  Park in lot on the right, after the State highway maintenance area.

Owned/Managed: Town of Salem
Maintained by: Salem Conservation Commission   

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

128 Mountain Rd
Nottingham  New Hampshire  03290
United States

603-895-3031

Easy

35%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

10%

Description

Pawtuckaway is owned and managedby the State of NH - Department of Resources and Economic Development - Division Of Parks and Recreation.

Maintained by: Division of Parks, NH Chapter Appalachian Mountain Club, Southern NH NEMBA

Pawtuckaway State Park was developed in 1966 as a multi-use recreational park from land initially acquired in 1915. The name "Pawtuckaway" is derived from the Indian word meaning "place of the big buck". The Park comprises 5500 acres, with an 800 acre lake, and has a variety of land features. Within its borders are an extensive marsh, a large boulder field and a mountain top fire tower. Its terrain can be quite hilly!

-Burnhams Marsh is most enjoyable in the early morning or late evening when the wildlife is more apt to be active. The Fundy Trail borders a large portion of this marsh.

-The Boulder Field is an area where boulders (glacial erratics) were deposited at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Rock climbers flock to the area to test their skills on these many varied formations.

-The Fire tower, built in 1915, located on the summit of South Mountain, is open from spring to fall, weather permitting. The park also offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing and group picnic areas.




Rides:

This intermediate ride is 21 Miles long.
At the trailhead on Mountain Road, begin by going up Mountain Trail. At the junction of Round Pond Trail, keep left. You will climb three more good sized hills.

At the orange gates, cross the dirt road and climb the hill, keeping left at the top. You will be on the ridge. (If you decide to shorten the ride by three miles, turn right at the gates and follow Tower Road to the intersection with the # 7 sign.
After the steep down hill, turn left (if you come to a road and a cemetery on the right, you have gone too far.)

Continue across Reservation Road (gated - dirt) keeping left. At the intersection, turn right (big rock hill is in front of you). Keep right at the fork.

When you reach gate, turn left on the dirt road.

Continue keeping marsh on your right. Take right (sign has a # 11). Follow road and take third left… look to the right for the #7 sign.

Stay on main trail passing # 8

Proceed down hill and make a hard right and go over wooden bridge. You are now on the Shaw Trail. Ride for 3 or 4 miles until you come to a "T" intersection. Turn right and cross the wide bridge which is now the Fundy Trail.
Ride Fundy for a couple of miles. You will be looking for the Woronoco Trail on your right. It will be after you pass the marsh on the left, just before a gravel bridge crossing a large culvert. (If you come to a clearing and the paved road, you have passed the Woronoco).

The Woronoco is a tight, twisty single-track, 2.5 miles long. (If you prefer an easier finish, continue on the Fundy until you come to the paved road and turn right. You will be back at your car within two miles.) At the end of the Woronoco, turn left to see your car.


Directions:

Trail Head: 130 mountain Rd
Park on the side of the road, just down the hill from the Park toll booth, at Mountain Trail.
From Route 101, take Exit 5 and follow the signs to the Park.

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Musquash Conservation Area, Londonderry

9 Chestnut Hill Dr
Londonderry  New Hampshire  03053
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

5%

Description

Musquash Conservation Area was established in 1979. It is a large wooded area (750 acres) located in West-Central Londonderry. It consists of numerous wetlands including the Musquash Swamp. It is the largest single recreational area in the town of Londonderry. The trail system consists of single and double track with a rough, dirt access road (gated) at the entrance. There are some side trails that lead into Litchfield and the Litchfield State Forest but at this time cross private property. (The town is continuously negotiating for additional lands).

The terrain has rolling hills with some short but steep grades. Many muddy sections have boardwalks, but not all. Expect mud in the spring and times of heavy rain. Trails in this area are very well marked and color coded.

Notes:

Due to the numerous wetlands, this area can have an abundance of mosquitoes and deer flies. Bug spray is a must! Also, do not be concerned by the sound of gunfire, there is a Fish and Game club to the west in Litchfield.

Rides:

Landing Trail (Green Blazes) - beginner - wide double track (dirt road)
A dirt access road leading to a picnic area. Was originally a staging area for logging operations.
Betty Mack (Orange Blazes) - intermediate - mixture of single and double track
One of the nicer trails in this area, named after the wife of Andy Mack, a local apple orchard owner and respected citizen of Londonderry.

Overlook Trail (Yellow Blazes) - intermediate - wide single-track
This trail runs parallel to an unused power line cut. You may notice how all the trees are younger and mainly consists of hardwoods. Illegal ATV use has made this trail very rough and thus, has not had a lot of maintenance.

Blue Trail (Blue Blazes) - intermediate - wide single-track
This area is the site of recent land acquisitions to increase the size of the conservation area. Also has some ATV use but is in better condition and a fun ride.


            Musquash has benefited from some recent land acquisitions to increase the size of the conservation area. Musquash does see some ATV use but is in good condition and a fun ride.

Directions:

14 Hickory Hill Drive
From Route 93 heading North bound, take Exit 4 and head west on Route 102. Go 4.2 miles, then turn right heading North on High Range Road. Go 3 miles and turn left on Hickory Hill Drive. Park at the end.
From Route 93 heading South bound, take Exit 5 and turn right heading north on Route 28. At 1.2 miles, turn left on to Route 128 South (Mammoth Road.). Go 2.4 miles and turn right on Shasta Road. At the end turn left on High Range Road and then the next right on Hickory Hill Drive. Park at the end.

Owned/Managed: Town of Londonderry / Londonderry Conservation Commission

Maintained by: Londonderry Trailways

 

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury

Taken from their book

Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.

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Mine Falls and Lincoln Park, Nashua

199 Collesum Ave
Nashua  New Hampshire  03063
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Mine Falls and Lincoln Park is an island of 325 acres of forest, river, and wetlands surrounded by the city of Nashua.  Mine Falls Park was purchased by the city of Nashua in 1969 to be used as a recreational oasis. The park offers some great scenery for a quiet ride, stroll or ski through the mixed deciduous and White Pine forest. Mines Falls is the perfect place to learn how to mountain bike.

The park's trails vary from paved double track to rooty single track.  Even the most experienced rider can have fun on the park’s high speed twisting single track. The map shows only the double track, because if we included the single track it would be difficult to follow.  The single track goes to and from the double track in many spots. There are about 8 miles of trails at Mines Falls Park.


Notes:

All of the park’s trails are multi-use trails, so please be respectful to others while on the trails.  Some of the trails run along the river and are sometimes eroded by the rain.  Be aware of the steep banks into the river; it’s not a fun river to swim in!  Mines Falls Park is a great place to mountain bike at night or in the winter.  There are few houses that surround the park, so your night lights will not disturb anyone.

Owned/ Managed: City of Nashua
Maintained By: Mines Falls Advisory Committee,
Nashua Parks and Recreation

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
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Mack's Apples, Londonderry

140 Pillsbury Rd
Londonderry  New Hampshire  03053
United States

Easy

90%

Moderate

10%

Description

This trail was developed for groomed, cross country skiing, but it is a great beginner or family mountain bike trail as well. This trail circles the perimeter of two apple orchards with a connector in between. Three sets of boardwalks cross the wet areas. This trail is especially nice when the apple trees are in bloom in mid May or in the fall, during apple picking time. There are about three miles of trails to enjoy here.

Rides:

The trail begins across the street. Circle the orchard counter-clockwise for the best route. There are additional trails throughout the orchards. A map is available at the Mack’s Farm Stand on Route 128 (230 Mammoth Road).

Directions:

Trail Head: 140 Pillsbury Rd
Head west on Route 102, from Route 93 Exit 4. Right on Mammoth Rd (Route 128). At the lights, turn left onto Pillsbury Road. Park at the Morrison House Museum, 0.2 mile on the right.


Owned/Managed: Town of Londonderry / Londonderry Conservation Commission
Maintained by: Londonderry Trailways

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Lamsom Farm, Mont Vernon

54 Cross Rd
Mont Vernon  New Hampshire  03057
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Lamson Farm is a large parcel of property including various hay fields and deciduous-conifer mix forest.  The farm was established by the early settlers of Mont Vernon and is now maintained for preservation, education, and recreation.  Lamson Farm is also the home of Mont Vernon’s celebration of local history and farming called Lamson Farm Day.  The trails are a combination of double track roads and single track.  The trails offer gently rolling hills with a few places that are rocky and rooty.  There are a few stone walls to cross, but they are easily walked. There are several short trails that can be pieced together to make a great hour plus ride. The Lansom Farm trail system is about 8 miles long.

Notes:

Beware of hunters in the fall.  Wearing orange in the fall is highly recommended.  Lamson Farm is a great place to ride when it is wet because the trails tend to be high terrain and are seldom muddy. Please be respectful of hikers, skiers and equestrians because the trails are multi-use.  ATVs and dirt bikers are occasionally seen.


Owned/ Managed: Mont Vernon Conservation Commission

Maintained By: Lamson Farm Trust


Directions
Trail Head:
54 Cross Rd., Mont Vernon, NH
Off Route 13, 2 miles north of Mont Vernon center.

 

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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