Musquash Conservation Area

Southern NH

Musquash Conservation Area

9 Chestnut Hill Dr
Londonderry  New Hampshire  03053
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

5%

Description

Musquash Conservation Area was established in 1979. It is a large wooded area (750 acres) located in West-Central Londonderry. It consists of numerous wetlands including the Musquash Swamp. It is the largest single recreational area in the town of Londonderry. The trail system consists of single and double track with a rough, dirt access road (gated) at the entrance. There are some side trails that lead into Litchfield and the Litchfield State Forest but at this time cross private property. (The town is continuously negotiating for additional lands).

The terrain has rolling hills with some short but steep grades. Many muddy sections have boardwalks, but not all. Expect mud in the spring and times of heavy rain. Trails in this area are very well marked and color coded.

Notes:

Due to the numerous wetlands, this area can have an abundance of mosquitoes and deer flies. Bug spray is a must! Also, do not be concerned by the sound of gunfire, there is a Fish and Game club to the west in Litchfield.

Rides:

Landing Trail (Green Blazes) - beginner - wide double track (dirt road)
A dirt access road leading to a picnic area. Was originally a staging area for logging operations.
Betty Mack (Orange Blazes) - intermediate - mixture of single and double track
One of the nicer trails in this area, named after the wife of Andy Mack, a local apple orchard owner and respected citizen of Londonderry.

Overlook Trail (Yellow Blazes) - intermediate - wide single-track
This trail runs parallel to an unused power line cut. You may notice how all the trees are younger and mainly consists of hardwoods. Illegal ATV use has made this trail very rough and thus, has not had a lot of maintenance.

Blue Trail (Blue Blazes) - intermediate - wide single-track
This area is the site of recent land acquisitions to increase the size of the conservation area. Also has some ATV use but is in better condition and a fun ride.

            Musquash has benefited from some recent land acquisitions to increase the size of the conservation area. Musquash does see some ATV use but is in good condition and a fun ride.

Directions:

14 Hickory Hill Drive
From Route 93 heading North bound, take Exit 4 and head west on Route 102. Go 4.2 miles, then turn right heading North on High Range Road. Go 3 miles and turn left on Hickory Hill Drive. Park at the end.
From Route 93 heading South bound, take Exit 5 and turn right heading north on Route 28. At 1.2 miles, turn left on to Route 128 South (Mammoth Road.). Go 2.4 miles and turn right on Shasta Road. At the end turn left on High Range Road and then the next right on Hickory Hill Drive. Park at the end.

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

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