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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.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

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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.

© Copyright 2005 Read more about Musquash Conservation Area, Londonderry

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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 offers a variety of trails that 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
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Mine Falls and Lincoln Park, Nashua

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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.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Mack's Apples, Londonderry

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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.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Lamsom Farm, Mont Vernon

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Kendall Pond Conservation Area, Londonderry

101 South Rd
Londonderry  New Hampshire  03053
United States

Easy

95%

Moderate

5%

Difficult

0%

Description

An easy 1 mile loop with an additional half mile spur, will make this an enjoyable morning for youngsters.  A relatively flat trail, among a mixture of hard and soft woods. A picnic area is located near the pond just beyond the entrance. The kids can also feed the ducks at the dam, located a short distance further down South Road. Cross Country skiing would be enjoyable in the winter.

 

Kendall Pond is a great place to bring kids or newer riders.


Directions:
101 South Rd.
Head west on Route 102, from Route 93 Exit 4. Turn left on Gilcreast Road, after Gladstone Ford. At the stop sign, turn right onto South Road. The parking area is 2 miles on the right, across from 108 South Road.


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.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Kendall Pond Conservation Area, Londonderry

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Haseltine, Amherst

50 Austin Rd
Amherst  New Hampshire  03031
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Haseltine is a parcel of property owned by the Amherst Conservation Commission.  The land is a hilly deciduous-conifer mix forest with sections of glacial erratics.  The trail varies from double track to single track.  In places the trail is very rocky and technical while in others the trail is fast and smooth. The main trail is marked with white rectangles and is a loop. The main loop is hilly with 3 bridges, and a set of switchbacks.

The Raven trail is marked with red rectangles and travels through the middle of the main loop. The Raven trail is more challenging and offers a variety of optional drops, log rolls, and a plank. There are around 4 miles of trails at Haseltine.

Notes:
The trails are multi-use trails, so please be considerate to hikers, equestrians, and skiers, although it is rare that you will cross paths with them.  The yellow trail on the map is NOT open to bikers. Expect sections of the trail to be muddy year around. Moose, Porcupine, White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys and Black Bear have been spotted often in Haseltine, especially before dusk.


Directions:
Trail Head:  50 Austin Road

The best place to park is in the Haseltine Trail Head. Go to Horace Greeley Road which is 1.7 miles west of the Bedford / Amherst town line on Route 101.  Immediately turn left onto Austin Road. Go 2 miles, (passing Dodge Road on the left). The trail head is on the left, at the Tree Farm sign.
To get to the Bicentennial Trail Head, ride your bike east on Austin Road for 0.5 miles and take a right onto Dodge Road. Follow Dodge Road for 1 mile.  0.1 of a mile from the sand piles and town garage, on the right, is the trailhead for the Bicentennial Trail on the left.  Look for an opening with rocks in front.
Coordinates:     
 

Haseltine is owned by the town of Amherst and managed and maintained by the Amherst Conservation Commission.

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Haseltine, Amherst

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Hampstead Conservation Area, West Road

40 West Rd
Hampstead  New Hampshire  03841
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

15%

Description

This nearly 200 acre parcel of land was originally acquired in the early 1980’s encompassing the Pickard farm and the Mathes lands. Its 12 miles of trails meander around a swamp that abuts Hog Hill Pond.

The trails are generally in very good condition. No illegal ATV use is present. There is some climbing to be had, but erosion is minimal. No big rock gardens are present and large exposed roots are few. A good half dozen bridges span the water crossings and the trails are
located in dry areas. A couple of trails have some nice rock formations nearby, including one large rock where you can practice your wheelie drops right along the trail.

Rides:

A Kiosk is located in the parking area. There are many trails not shown on the trail head map. Although the kiosk color codes these trails, they are not blazed with those colors.

The orange trail is a quick beginner loop that goes through the field to the south. The blue trails leave from the back side of that field. The trail makes a nice loop through a wooded section and is a fun ride. If you head straight from the parking area along the red trail, you should eventually come to Route 121 along the back side of the area. The terrain is mostly rolling hills, with some short technical sections.

The trails to the left of the main trail, which are not on the kiosk map, are some of the most entertaining. The first left takes you back to West Road where you can cross it for a small fast loop. The second left (along a stone wall) gets you into some real fun. It covers a wider selection of terrain and different rock formations. Take time to explore…. you can’t really get lost.

You can also cross West Road (at Governors Island Road) for a very fast ride down some old logging roads, also suited for beginners.

Directions:
40 West Rd is located off of Route 111 on the western side of Hampstead. Parking is 0.5 mile up West road, on the right.


Owned/Managed: Town of Hampstead

Maintained by: Hampstead Conservation Commission

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Grater Woods & Pond Parish, Amherst

15 Grater Rd
Amherst  New Hampshire  03054
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Grater Woods and Pond Parish are two large parcels of land that are owned by the town’s conservation commissions.  Grater Woods is a 600-acre parcel located in Merrimack and abuts Pond Parish, which is a 174-acre parcel in Amherst.  These trails systems offer a wide variety of fun and challenges.  The trails range from rocky double ATV trails or twisty single track. There are 20+ miles of trails to be ridden.

Pond Parish is riddled with large wetlands and for most of the year there is guaranteed mud.  Along with the water and mud come bugs.  This is not the best place to ride in May unless you want the black flies and mosquitoes to help you ride faster. 

From the back of the Grater Rd parking lot turn right onto the trail and descend the rocky hill to get to Pond Parish.  Pond Parish is a fast single-track loop with little technical challenge.  This is a great place to ride fast. Once completed enjoy the leg-burning climb back to Grater Road.  At the end of Grater Road the trail to Grater Woods is on the left.  Grater Woods is riddled with singletrack and wide logging roads.  The New England Mountain Biking Association built a lot of new single track in Grater Woods over the last few years.  Be sure to study or bring the map with the surrounding roads if you want to explore.  There are many more trails than what the map shows. 


Owned, managed and maintained by the towns of Merrimack and Amherst's Conservation Commissions and Southern NH NEMBA

Directions and parking:
15 Grater Road, Amherst NH
From Route 101 take the Route 122 exit for Amherst.  Turn onto Baboosic Lake Road and follow for about 5 miles. Grater Road will be on your right.

Or for a large group ride-

Merrimack Middle School at the end of Madeline Bennett Drive, Merrimack.

There are also smaller cul-de-sac lots on Beebe Lane and Conservation Drive in Merrimack.

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Foster's Pond Natural Area, Windham

50 Nashua Rd
Windham  New Hampshire  03087
United States

Easy

95%

Moderate

5%

Difficult

0%

Description

This area is comprised of 190 acres of conservation land. Two main trails lead to the pond. The Pond East Trail is blazed in yellow. The blue blazed path is called the Nancy Johnson Trail and leads you to the Pond West Trail meeting at the back side of the pond. All of the trails have rocks and exposed roots through out. Numerous wet areas are crossed by utilizing a variety of bridge types. Quite unique! There is also a portion of a former rail bed that runs by the parking area. You can go west for 0.75 miles before it ends. Heading east, it ends at Route I-93 in about 1.5 miles. Spring and summer have an abundance of insects! There are about 5 miles of enjoyable trails at Foster's Pond.

Directions
50 Nashua Road.
Route 93 Exit 3. West on Route 111. At the second set of lights, turn right onto North Lowell Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn left onto Londonderry Road. Continue 1.2 miles and turn left onto Nashua Road. Go 0.4 miles and park in the second lot, near the basketball courts.


Owned/Managed: Town of Windham

Maintained by: Windham Conservation Commission     

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Foster's Pond Natural Area, Windham

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