Great Brook Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deerfield, New Hampshire that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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This is a foot traffic only trail across private property via easements. Wooded, along a brook for over half it's distance and passes a couple of beaver ponds, one is quite large with an overlook. Wildlife and bird viewing.
Beautiful quiet walk in the woods. Saw a Great Blue Heron in the beaver pond. Varied terrain with lots of moss and ferns. The brook was almost dry in some places from our dry summer.
A nice, quick out and back hike. We parked next to the sign for Woodman's Marsh and out and back was less that 4 miles. I think my husband's fitbit tracked around 3.5 miles.
Lots of beaver dams, frog eggs and fresh air.
Since people live on off the trail, you will pass some homes and there were deep, muddy parts of the trail that we needed to avoid, especially with the dog.
Did this today. Short and easy but the nature on the walk is amazing. Lots to see with some side trails that we didn't hit today but will be back later to check out. Trail runs alongside a brook and is just a nice walk in the woods.
In response to the review below, the vernal (meaning spring) pool trail which is a short loop to some vernal pools which have water in the spring and are used for breeding by some amphibians is marked in the same color blazes as the trail, is well marked, (the place where someone might think it dead ends just before reaching a stone wall, is marked with an arrow that points left and the trail continues in that direction back to the main trail. There is not tree across the beginning of the trail.
There was a nice scenic view of the lake along the trail. we came upon a sign pointing to the vernin pool (or something), but that trail was umarked and a tree fell on the entrance. We tried taking it anyway but came to a dead end and did not want to get lost following it further. just follow the markings on the trees and stones and you'll be fine. The bridges have been repaired as others have said, but there was at least one stream we had to climb over, nothing big. The trail is not a loop so be prepared to either walk back or have some one pick you up on the other side on coffeetown rd somewhere.
I walk this most days, the trail crosses our property., There is a possibility that Americorp will be rebuilding the two bridges this year, The middle crossing is a ford and is difficult in very high water. Beautiful area with a changeable brook and large beaver ponds and lots of wildlife.
Update: Americorp and local volunteers rebuilt the two bridges fall of 2012.
The thick canopy provided shelter for us as we hiked through this beautiful piece of land. Beautiful views of running water. ALL three water crossings were difficult since the natural bridges constructed by the Boy Scouts were nearly destroyed by the elements. Fun but soggy! Missed five stars due to difficult water crossings.