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.
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.
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.
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.
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