Grater Woods & Pond Parish
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.