Ellis Reservoir Trail

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Ellis Reservoir Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New Hampshire 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
4 months ago

**PLEASE NOTE** If your sole motivation for hiking this trail is to see/check out the remains of the abandoned Ellis Mill, don't.
Because it ALL got washed away in the 2005 floods.

I hiked this trail yesterday with my boyfriend and we just about went crazy looking for the Mill. "It must be back there, we need to go back that way." "Are you sure we didn't pass it when we missed that little section of the trail?" Back and forth all morning... for nothing!

If I sound salty it's because I LIVE for creepy things and got way too excited to check out this old mill.

Luckily, we bumped into a local on the way back to our car. She seemed a little surprised to see people out in her neck of the woods and she asked us how we heard of the trail. It was from her that we found out the mill was washed away by nature. She said, "if you look really hard, when it's nice out, you might find a few nails." I guess those would still be considered "remains" but that is reaaaaching.

Overall, it would have been way better to hike this without the slippery ice and snow. All of the elevation is during the last 3rd of the trail. The trail just kind of ends in the middle of the woods... But connects to another path (sorry, forgot to remember the name but pretty sure it started with a C).

To park, go all the way to the end of 116. It's not marked as "Ellis Trail" until about a quarter mile in and there's no signs for parking...

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016