The society for the Protection of NH Forests offers five hikes in five weeks.
Hike 1: High Blue Reservation on June 29 at 10 a.m. in Walpole.
This treasure of a property in the state's Connecticut River Valley has a loop trail through flower-filled meadows to a ledge with views of the Green Mountains of Vermont. It's a three-hour, 1.5-mile trek to an undiscovered jewel of the state.
Hike 2: Creek Farm in Portsmouth on July 7 at 9 a.m.
This hike, likely the easiest of the five, winds through a historic property. Its forested paths peek out along a salt marsh. Only two miles away from bustling Market Square in Portsmouth, Creek Farm is a world away. It is filled with the sounds of sea birds and the smell of salt air. The 1.5-mile trail system includes views of Little Harbor.
Hike 3: Cockermouth Forest in Hebron, July 11 at 10 a.m.
This is likely the most challenging of the hikes. It is a four-hour, 5.2-mile hike in the Lakes Region up Bald Knob in Hebron with views of Newfound Lake and the White Mountains. Far from the crowded trails of the White Mountains, the hike offers outstanding views to the north and east.
Hike 4: The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem July 18 at 1 p.m.
Once the summer home of John Jacob Glessner, co-founder of International Harvester, the Rocks Estate encompasses 1,400 acres of woods, open fields, and rambling stonewalls, with views of the Presidential Range. This three-hour trek north of Franconia Notch will explore this working farm, which to this day produces both maple syrup and Christmas trees. Learn why this property is on the National Register of Historic Places and enjoy a day hike in the White Mountain region.
HIKE 5: Mulligan Forest in Nottingham Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.
The final hike in the summer series is in the state's southeastern corner, where a rare Black Gum forest can be found in a lovely and remote wetland area. A rare plant community accompanies these trees. There are hidden treasures off of the paths here, including foundations of old farms and farm machinery. This hike is expected to end about 1 p.m.
To register for the hike visit, https://forestsociety.org/5-hikes-5-weeks-2018.
Registration is free to members o8$
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