hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Was a great trail. Some of the trails are very narrow. But very kept up and amazing

hiking
bugs
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is awesome! About 2.5 miles (about 6,500 steps for me) and pretty flat. The trail is well maintained and marked (follow blue markers and signs) but narrow, although it not used so much that social distancing is really an issue. Also there are many tree roots and some muddy spots, so wear appropriate footwear. It basically circles East Head Reservoir and is a gorgeous walk. To get there, park at the Forest Headquarters and then walk directly behind the Interpretive Center through the small field to the marked start. Halfway around the pond you will encounter a sign on the right that says "trail closed." Just continue on the path straight up to the road, then take a right and follow the road until you see a big boulder on your right and the trail picks up again following the pond. You can also start the trail at the other end of the loop at the front of the parking lot, but this way is harder to follow as the beginning of it is not as well marked.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful until the dirt bikes cross through. The white markers are for the bikes and snowmobiles not for hikers. The motorized path is near the power lines. The rest of the area is natural, historical and serene.

hiking
15 days ago

Very well maintained and marked trail (just follow the blue dots) that pasts by numerous ponds, fields, etc. We got in 11,000 steps. Near the end of our walk, I looked down and saw this little shiny red circle. I though it was something someone had dropped and went to check it out. Ends up it was a tiny baby turtle that had somehow got stuck on his back with his red belly to the sky! We weren't near any ponds or wetlands at this point and no idea how the little guy got in this situation, so I carried him out and brought him to a lovely log in a pond and put him there. Hopefully he will be telling the story of how some crazy blonde lady helped him to his great grandturtles!!

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

This route starts at the small parking area at Drew Rd & Long Pond Rd. It first takes a northern loop behind the Middle School, and then turns south along the Town Forest Road past Cooks Pond. Follow the trail to the clearing under the power lines, and angle off to your right (follow posted arrow). The trail reenters the forest after about 800' under the power lines. Continue until you reach and cross Drew Road. This will take you to the loop at the end where the trail meets Great South Pond and Little South Pond. This is a spectacular spot and the highlight of the hike. Well worth taking a break and enjoying the view for a while here. The return leg takes you back to the clearing under the power lines, but then completes the northern loop when you reenter the forest again.

Favorite kid friendly trail. Pretty scenery, flat terrain and easy to navigate.

Easy to navigate. Follow blue markings. Pretty trees, easy terrain, with some nice pond scenery.

The trail was very well maintained and long (8,500 steps) but not very interesting. There was a segment that had a cool clearing with some seating around a huge beech tree though - great place for a picnic. During this walk we encountered ZERO other people. Great place if you just want to get some exercise while observing social distancing to the extreme.

hiking
22 days ago

The trails are narrow in some parts but well maintained and marked. Some spots are definitely steep, so good shoes are a must. The main loop trail goes down to a dock on the edge of Briggs Reservoir, which is absolutely beautiful, and a side trail through some dense woods leads down to an old cranberry bog. In total we got in about 7,500 steps here and only saw four other people way off in the distance the whole time. The hills in this one make it great if you are looking for more of a workout.

Really nice place with very wide trails and well marked. Got in 6,700 steps but could have easily hit 10,000 if we did the “Volunteer Trail” in addition to the main trail loop. This would be a great place to take a picnic and just sit by one of the wetlands. Check to see if it is open before heading there. Apparently the Audubon Society thinks there is not enough space to social distance here, which is absolutely crazy given the size of the place and very wide trails. I give the place itself very high marks, but very disappointed in the Audubon Society for their response in this crisis.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike, but a lot of horse crap.

Very nice trail walk with 2 different trails, one in the woods and One to the beach. Woody trail could be confusing without gps or map.

Not too interesting or well marked. Needs some loving. But on the plus, no one is ever there.

mountain biking
rocky
washed out
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

This conservation area is pretty much across the street from the Eel River Preserve. There is a cool foot bridge over a stream at the beginning of the trail and then it takes you to a pond. I found the trails really steep, rocky and not well marked. I would go check out the bridge and pond and not bother with the rest unless you are really looking for some exercise. About 5,000 steps.

hiking
28 days ago

Quiet. A lot of woods with a narrow path but still has variety with fields, ponds and vernal pools.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Worth checking out but not a place I visit every year despite it being close to my house. I've seen swans and box turtles but wildlife is mostly limited here. There are a lot of dirtbikes at times and it can be tick infested at certain times as well. Mostly woods, but the pond, dam and old grafitti shack give it a few other things to see. Not crowded even on a sunny saturday during Covid 19.

hiking
1 month ago

Crows

A gem like always

Nice, flat walk around the pond. Lots of pine trees, so a good hike to do in the spring and you still get some green. Not very muddy when we went, the trail is set far enough back from the pond in most parts so it isn't boggy.

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

The recent storm took down a lot of trees on the trail, but they’re not bad to climb over. Good hike!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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