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, New Hampshire 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 best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Love love love this trail. Taken some of my best photography on it. Every time I come I discover a new trail and am always astounded by the beauty right in concord!

11 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

One of my favorite places for winter and late fall as it isn't as crowded then.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy path for families. Too bad dog owners don't pick up after their pets, even though they get free poop bags at the entrance.

walking
5 months 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.

walking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

walking
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walking
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hiking
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11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

walking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

walking
Friday, January 02, 2015

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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

hiking
Thursday, April 26, 2012

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.