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Southern NH

Lamsom Farm

54 Cross Rd
Mont Vernon  New Hampshire  03057
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Lamson Farm is a large parcel of property including various hay fields and deciduous-conifer mix forest.  The farm was established by the early settlers of Mont Vernon and is now maintained for preservation, education, and recreation.  Lamson Farm is also the home of Mont Vernon’s celebration of local history and farming called Lamson Farm Day.  The trails are a combination of double track roads and single track.  The trails offer gently rolling hills with a few places that are rocky and rooty.  There are a few stone walls to cross, but they are easily walked. There are several short trails that can be pieced together to make a great hour plus ride. The Lansom Farm trail system is about 8 miles long.

Notes:

Beware of hunters in the fall.  Wearing orange in the fall is highly recommended.  Lamson Farm is a great place to ride when it is wet because the trails tend to be high terrain and are seldom muddy. Please be respectful of hikers, skiers and equestrians because the trails are multi-use.  ATVs and dirt bikers are occasionally seen.


Owned/ Managed: Mont Vernon Conservation Commission

Maintained By: Lamson Farm Trust


Directions
Trail Head:
54 Cross Rd., Mont Vernon, NH
Off Route 13, 2 miles north of Mont Vernon center.

 

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Lamsom Farm

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Kingman Farm

Knox Marsh Rd
Madbury  New Hampshire  03823
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Kingman Farm is a property of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. It's fun place to ride. In its 335 acres there are enough easy doubletracks and woods roads to keep a beginner happy, while at the same time there are a few hills and some really fun singletracks to keep more advanced riders huffing and puffing. There are many more difficult places to ride than Kingman Farm, but few that are more fun.

The University of New Hampshire Mountain Bike Team trains here. And someone, maybe them, has done a lot of trail work. One of the many hilly singletracks that you'll encounter has been bermed, shelved and switchbacked in a highly professional manner to prevent water from eroding the trail.

My guess is that when the mountain bike team is training that they do multiple laps up this hill. Twice is usually enough for me.

Expect to spend a couple of hours exploring here. And then expect to come back. Kingman farm is far too much fun to only ride once.

All levels of riders can enjoy most of the farm's trails. None require any advanced skills or a high degree of fitness. Better riders of course will cover ground faster. But unless they're fixated on riding challenging terrain, even very good riders will have a lot of fun here.

Recently the UNH Office of Woodlands has been working with the Madbury Conservation Commission and the Southern NH chapter of NEMBA to close and rehabilitate unauthorized trails. These efforts have been pretty successful and if you see a sign telling you that a trail is being rehabilitated, stay off it.

There is a new trail map available. Copies of it can be found at the Madbury Town Hall and the Town Library or printed from this webpage..

Directions:
From the intersection of route 4 and route 108 head south into Durham. When you get to the center turn right on Madbury Road. Go about a mile and a half and turn right on Route 155. In a few hundred yards you will see the entrance to Kingman Farm on your left. Go another 100 yards and park in the small dirt lot on your left. Alternatively you can turn left when you get to Route 155 and then take your first right on Town Hall Road. Just after the Library you'll see the Town Hall and there's a trailhead behind it.

Cautions:

The area immediately surrounding the farm buildings is closed to bikes. You may encounter kids and unleashed dogs. And they are very curious. Also, yield to equestrians when you see them.

Submitted by Bill Boles Read more about Kingman Farm

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Kendall Pond Conservation Area

101 South Rd
Londonderry  New Hampshire  03053
United States

Easy

95%

Moderate

5%

Difficult

0%

Description

An easy 1 mile loop with an additional half mile spur, will make this an enjoyable morning for youngsters.  A relatively flat trail, among a mixture of hard and soft woods. A picnic area is located near the pond just beyond the entrance. The kids can also feed the ducks at the dam, located a short distance further down South Road. Cross Country skiing would be enjoyable in the winter.

 

Kendall Pond is a great place to bring kids or newer riders.


Directions:
101 South Rd.
Head west on Route 102, from Route 93 Exit 4. Turn left on Gilcreast Road, after Gladstone Ford. At the stop sign, turn right onto South Road. The parking area is 2 miles on the right, across from 108 South Road.


Owned/Managed: Town of Londonderry / Londonderry Conservation Commission
Maintained by: Londonderry Trailways

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Kendall Pond Conservation Area

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Haseltine

50 Austin Rd
Amherst  New Hampshire  03031
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Haseltine is a parcel of property owned by the Amherst Conservation Commission.  The land is a hilly deciduous-conifer mix forest with sections of glacial erratics.  The trail varies from double track to single track.  In places the trail is very rocky and technical while in others the trail is fast and smooth. The main trail is marked with white rectangles and is a loop. The main loop is hilly with 3 bridges, and a set of switchbacks.

The Raven trail is marked with red rectangles and travels through the middle of the main loop. The Raven trail is more challenging and offers a variety of optional drops, log rolls, and a plank. There are around 4 miles of trails at Haseltine.

Notes:
The trails are multi-use trails, so please be considerate to hikers, equestrians, and skiers, although it is rare that you will cross paths with them.  The yellow trail on the map is NOT open to bikers. Expect sections of the trail to be muddy year around. Moose, Porcupine, White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys and Black Bear have been spotted often in Haseltine, especially before dusk.


Directions:
Trail Head:  50 Austin Road

The best place to park is in the Haseltine Trail Head. Go to Horace Greeley Road which is 1.7 miles west of the Bedford / Amherst town line on Route 101.  Immediately turn left onto Austin Road. Go 2 miles, (passing Dodge Road on the left). The trail head is on the left, at the Tree Farm sign.
To get to the Bicentennial Trail Head, ride your bike east on Austin Road for 0.5 miles and take a right onto Dodge Road. Follow Dodge Road for 1 mile.  0.1 of a mile from the sand piles and town garage, on the right, is the trailhead for the Bicentennial Trail on the left.  Look for an opening with rocks in front.
Coordinates:     
 

Haseltine is owned by the town of Amherst and managed and maintained by the Amherst Conservation Commission.

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Haseltine

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Hampstead Conservation Area, West Road

40 West Rd
Hampstead  New Hampshire  03841
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

This nearly 200 acre parcel of land was originally acquired in the early 1980’s encompassing the Pickard farm and the Mathes lands. Its 12 miles of trails meander around a swamp that abuts Hog Hill Pond.

The trails are generally in very good condition. No illegal ATV use is present. There is some climbing to be had, but erosion is minimal. No big rock gardens are present and large exposed roots are few. A good half dozen bridges span the water crossings and the trails are
located in dry areas. A couple of trails have some nice rock formations nearby, including one large rock where you can practice your wheelie drops right along the trail.

Rides:

A Kiosk is located in the parking area. There are many trails not shown on the trail head map. Although the kiosk color codes these trails, they are not blazed with those colors.

The orange trail is a quick beginner loop that goes through the field to the south. The blue trails leave from the back side of that field. The trail makes a nice loop through a wooded section and is a fun ride. If you head straight from the parking area along the red trail, you should eventually come to Route 121 along the back side of the area. The terrain is mostly rolling hills, with some short technical sections.

The trails to the left of the main trail, which are not on the kiosk map, are some of the most entertaining. The first left takes you back to West Road where you can cross it for a small fast loop. The second left (along a stone wall) gets you into some real fun. It covers a wider selection of terrain and different rock formations. Take time to explore…. you can’t really get lost.

You can also cross West Road (at Governors Island Road) for a very fast ride down some old logging roads, also suited for beginners.

Directions:
40 West Rd is located off of Route 111 on the western side of Hampstead. Parking is 0.5 mile up West road, on the right.


Owned/Managed: Town of Hampstead

Maintained by: Hampstead Conservation Commission

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Hampstead Conservation Area, West Road

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Grater Woods & Pond Parish

15 Grater Rd
Amherst  New Hampshire  03054
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

15%

Description

Grater Woods and Pond Parish are two large parcels of land that are owned by the town’s conservation commissions.  Grater Woods is a 600-acre parcel located in Merrimack and abuts Pond Parish, which is a 174-acre parcel in Amherst.  These trails systems offer a wide variety of fun and challenges.  The trails range from rocky double ATV trails or twisty single track. There are 20+ miles of trails to be ridden.

Pond Parish is riddled with large wetlands and for most of the year there is guaranteed mud.  Along with the water and mud come bugs.  This is not the best place to ride in May unless you want the black flies and mosquitoes to help you ride faster. 

From the back of the Grater Rd parking lot turn right onto the trail and descend the rocky hill to get to Pond Parish.  Pond Parish is a fast single-track loop with little technical challenge.  This is a great place to ride fast. Once completed enjoy the leg-burning climb back to Grater Road.  At the end of Grater Road the trail to Grater Woods is on the left.  Grater Woods is riddled with singletrack and wide logging roads.  The New England Mountain Biking Association built a lot of new single track in Grater Woods over the last few years.  Be sure to study or bring the map with the surrounding roads if you want to explore.  There are many more trails than what the map shows. 


Owned, managed and maintained by the towns of Merrimack and Amherst's Conservation Commissions and Southern NH NEMBA

Directions and parking:
15 Grater Road, Amherst NH
From Route 101 take the Route 122 exit for Amherst.  Turn onto Baboosic Lake Road and follow for about 5 miles. Grater Road will be on your right.

Or for a large group ride-

Merrimack Middle School at the end of Madeline Bennett Drive, Merrimack.

There are also smaller cul-de-sac lots on Beebe Lane and Conservation Drive in Merrimack.

  Read more about Grater Woods & Pond Parish

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Foster's Pond Natural Area

50 Nashua Rd
Windham  New Hampshire  03087
United States

Easy

95%

Moderate

5%

Difficult

0%

Description

This area is comprised of 190 acres of conservation land. Two main trails lead to the pond. The Pond East Trail is blazed in yellow. The blue blazed path is called the Nancy Johnson Trail and leads you to the Pond West Trail meeting at the back side of the pond. All of the trails have rocks and exposed roots through out. Numerous wet areas are crossed by utilizing a variety of bridge types. Quite unique! There is also a portion of a former rail bed that runs by the parking area. You can go west for 0.75 miles before it ends. Heading east, it ends at Route I-93 in about 1.5 miles. Spring and summer have an abundance of insects! There are about 5 miles of enjoyable trails at Foster's Pond.

Directions
50 Nashua Road.
Route 93 Exit 3. West on Route 111. At the second set of lights, turn right onto North Lowell Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn left onto Londonderry Road. Continue 1.2 miles and turn left onto Nashua Road. Go 0.4 miles and park in the second lot, near the basketball courts.


Owned/Managed: Town of Windham

Maintained by: Windham Conservation Commission     

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get Out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
© Copyright 2005 Read more about Foster's Pond Natural Area

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Fort Rock, Henderson-Swasey, Oaklands

50 Newfields Rd
Exeter  New Hampshire  03833
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

40%

Description

Location:

Exeter & Newfields, NH

 

Fort Rock is the commonly known name for two separate Town Forests, the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest in Exeter and the Oaklands Town Forest in Newfields. They are separated by Route 101. Joining them together is a large metal culvert that runs under the highway.

The trails here offer almost unlimited technical challenges to the rider who's willing to work a bit. It's almost impossible to ride here without dodging or climbing over a plethora of exposed rocks and roots. And the trip under Route 101 is almost unique in all of New England's riding.

Riding at Fort Rock is challenging. There are too many trails to ride in one outing, so expect to come back if you want to explore everything.

Of the two properties, Oaklands Hills seems to offer the most technical challenge. While Henderson-Swasey has the majority of the more mellow trails.

Henderson-Swasey has some smooth rolling old woods roads. Many of the singletracks leading off of these are quite technical. There is a short graded dirt road and a long gas line that's located near the main parking lot and they offer the mellowest riding on the property.

From the parking area at Oaklands Hills you head down a long old woods road that's turning into a singletrack. Branching off from it you'll find lots of well used singletracks and degraded forests roads. Many of these are very challenging.
   
While both properties abut each other and are only separated by a highway I find them to be quite a bit different. I prefer Henderson-Swasey when I want a ride that's composed of a variety of riding experiences. Oaklands Hills is my choice when I want to beat myself up more consistently on challenging terrain.

The trails leading from both properties to the culvert are quite difficult, and most people will find themselves getting off and walking at least once.

Directions:


From Route 101 that the Route 85 Exit. The entrance to Henderson-Swasey is located a quarter of a mile to the south. The parking area for Oaklands Hills is a quarter of a mile to the north.

Cautions:


There are a lot of trails here and it's easy to get lost. Bring copies of the maps when you ride, and if you're hopelessly lost, try listening for the traffic on Route 101.

By Bill Boles Read more about Fort Rock, Henderson-Swasey, Oaklands

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Lake Massabesic, FOMBA Trails

57 Depot Rd
Auburn  New Hampshire  03032
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Lake Massabesic Watershed hosts one of the best mountain bike trail systems anywhere. It includes more than 13 miles of singletrack trails that were built and which are maintained by FOMBA, The Friends of Massabesic Bicycling Association. The singletracks are technical and wind through the woods in a manner that would be very confusing for a non-cyclist. But on a bike, everything makes sense as one singletrack trail leads naturally to another with only a short fireroad break to separate them. And speaking of the fireroads, there are over 20 miles of them. They're much easier going than the singletracks and are perfect for just buzzing around when you don't want to challenge yourself too strenuously. There's also a long section of abandoned railroad bed that's now a rail trail. The latter is perfect for families with young kids on small singlespeed bicycles.

FOMBA originated in 1995 when the sport of mountain biking was younger and there was a possibility that the area would be closed to bikes. The organization has done a lot more over the years than just insure that mountain biking is welcome. They run an annual benefit fun ride for the Auburn Volunteer Rescue Squad and have been involved in promoting charity cyclecross races. And, of course, they are the stewards of Massabesic's singletracks. The first fun ride in 1995 had 12 participants. The second had 15. But that's changed. 2006 saw a record turnout of 295 and it's been around that number ever since.

I wish that I lived closer to Manchester NH. If I did, FOMBA's trails would be in my back yard - instead of a long drive away. But then, maybe that's one of the reasons why I like these trails so much. Since I can't get there too often, they'll never seem old to me. Then again, mountain bikers designed these singletracks for mountain bikes. They were built with longevity in mind. IE: They're hardened and won't degrade over time. But most of all they're a blast to ride. Winding as they do in and around an endless succession of rocks, roots, trees and small hills. At times you almost think that you're riding the same trail backwards. They're that convoluted. And if you're riding the trails with a number of riders, you'll frequently see them a few yards off in the woods, on their own portion of the trail that you're riding on. And unlike most trails, with these singletracks, it doesn't matter which way you ride them. They're equally fun in both directions and they'll seem totally different when you ride them 'backwards'.

Try FOMBA's trails once and you'll be addicted. I was, I am - Even though I live too far away to get my "fix" more than once or twice a year.

Check with FOMBA to see when the enxt TrailCare day is.


Directions:
From route 93 north or south take exit 7 and head East on route 101. Take exit 2 off of route 101 and head south on Hookset Rd. Take your second left on Depot Rd about 1000 feet after you cross a railroad bed. Head north until you see a parking area on your right. Unload your bikes - and explore. Oh! Be sure to bring the map with you. Otherwise you'll get lost.

Alternatively, take exit 1 from route 101 and head South on route 28. Just after the rotary you'll see a large parking lot on your left. That's the front parking lot for Lake Massabesic. Head out of the parking area on the trail at the north of this lot and you'll connect up with the rail trail that will lead you to the depot Road parking area.

Cautions:

FOMBA's trails are closed when conditions are such that the trails would be damaged by use. For example: In the early spring during the mud season. Check with FOMBA if you're unsure.

Submitted by Bill Boles Read more about Lake Massabesic, FOMBA Trails

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College Woods

1 Colovos Rd
Durham  New Hampshire  03824
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

18%

Difficult

2%

Description

Location:
University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

College Woods is a property of The University of New Hampshire. Its 250 acres were donated to the university in 1891 and originally provided the school with a ready source of lumber for the construction of many of the campus' older buildings. More recently a portion of the "Woods" has been preserved as a natural sturdy area.

The trails in College Woods are very well maintained. They are mostly flat and are non-technical in nature.

Riding in College Woods is a really fun experience, perfect on a hot sweaty summer day when the cool of the woods will provide you with a refreshing breeze as you ride beneath the dense forest cover. You'll find miles of rolling woods roads; some mostly smooth singletracks and you'll see lots of people out on the trails. Expect to loop around a lot. There are about 9 miles of trails, but to explore them all you'll have to do a lot of repeats.

The main water supply for the UNH campus is located in a dammed section of the Oyster River. A trail runs beside this reservoir and a newly constructed wooden bridge crosses it.

Directions:
From route 4 take Route 155A south towards Durham/UNH.  Go right on College Road after 1.2 miles. Turn right on Colovos Road, go under the bridge and turn left. Park at the trailhead at the Waterworks Road intersection.

Cautions:
You will see a lot of people out on these trails. And a lot of unleashed dogs. Slow down, or stop, and say "Hi!".

By Bill Boles Read more about College Woods

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