Ellis Reservoir Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Ellis Reservoir trail follows an old woods road along otter brook. This trail passes the marshy open area which was once the historic reservoir and pops out at the Ellis road, a side door known to local residents and sportsman. Walking along the trail, hikers will see the remains of the Ellis mill constructed in 1818 and remains of the crib dam at the reservoir outlet which provided hydro power to the surrounding community. The reservoir is used by moose, bobcats, coyotes, snowshoe hare and beaver. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy, and is an excellent place for walking and observing wildlife. Camping, fires, pets, or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve. For a trail map and more information, visit: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newhampshire/places-preserves/otterbkmap.pdf