Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area, Les Clark Nature Trail

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Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area, Les Clark Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Concord, NH that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

1.6 miles 3 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Three choices at trail head. The trail in the center leads to a bench by the marsh. From there you can view birds, blue heron. Take pictures. Or simply meditate or pray (weekdays). Not sure how busy (& noisy) it is on weekends. It was quiet and we were the only ones there midweek, late afternoon.

1 month ago

This is a wonderful place to walk. Lots of people walking their dogs. I've been here all times of the year as I live nearby. In the summer, it can be extremely busy, and almost everyone, including me seems to have a dog. Other times of year (including winter - not sure why it's described as only open part of the year) it's quite. Parts of it are great for photography. And I've seen people swim in the river here too. Nice kayaking around here too but this trail isn't the best access. You'd have a long carry in.

2 months ago

This is an easy trail with great views of the river!

4 months ago

6 months ago

Nice easy walk, beautiful! The spots to sit by the river are amazing.

7 months ago

Simple walk with a 17 month old baby. Very beautiful by the river.

7 months ago

1 year ago

This is an easy, enjoyable, level trail. It has trail markers and benches along the way. The trail is interesting as it meanders through a pine forest, an open meadow, continues beside the Merrimack River to a silver maple forest, a cove and a marsh.

2 years ago

I loved coming here in high school. The loop is easy and fun to do with friends.

4 years ago

My wife and I enjoyed this trail. It's an easy walk, clearly marked. It winds first down by the marsh. There's a nice platform bench there if you want to sit and talk or watch the blue heron and other birds (bring your camera). Then the trail continues back toward Hoit Rd. where you cross the road and go on the longest leg.

Several choices make for a hike of whatever time length you prefer.