Southern NH

Southern NH

Stratham Hill

255 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham  New Hampshire  03885
United States
Parki at the Stratham Hill Park parking lot.

Easy

25%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

5%

Description

Plenty of single track, wide open tractor roads and some solid climbing… a place for everyone to ride!

Most riders who come to ride the trails at 'Stratham Hill' don't realize that they are riding on both private and public land.  The Town Park, Stratham Hill Park, and the Gordon Barker Town forest are just over 200 acres of land, about half of that is either open field or wetlands. The rest of the trail network weaves in and out of privately owned land.  There about 10 miles of trails, the riding is fast and not very technical. There are three hills (Stratham, Jewell and Long) that can get the heart rate up and offer a sweet reward on the other side. If you are looking for a route to ride with the kids, just check out a topographical map before heading out, as long as you bypass those hills, you should be good to go.  

Even though there are multiple trailheads, the most popular place to park and meet up is at the end of Jack Rabbit Lane, just off of Portsmouth Avenue.  This parking lot has morphed into the 'dog area' in recent years, but is has proven to be a great place to start your ride. Not too far from the parking area, there is a dirt pump track for getting warmed up for your ride (or while you wait for your buddies). This dirt track is great for kids to learn some basic biking skills and is open to the public for use.

The trails throughout the network vary in difficulty. There are wide open 'tractor' and old logging roads, to single track climbs. With proper planning the riding can be geared towards all abilities. The Town is in the process of creating a new trail map. Once complete it will be available for down load at strathamnh.gov/ recreation.  The trails are open nearly year round. If Mother Nature cooperates the Town grooms some of the trails that are wide enough and not too steep.  There needs to be at least 6 inches of snow on the ground for grooming to be effective.

The Town also owns a small fleet of Trek Farley 5's and two Trek kids Farley's. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information. The Department rents these bikes whenever the trails are rideable. The cost is $25 for a three hour block. Having these bikes right there is a great way to try a fat bike and not have to worry about getting it to the trailhead.

There are a variety of organized events throughout the year. There are races, social rides and events for the family. For the last few winters, the Park has played host to the Polartec Winter Fat Bike Series, the Stratham Parks and Recreation Summer Bike series and the Gordon Barker "No Brakes" Bike Race. If you do more than just ride the trails, new this year there is a trail running series in May and the Fire Tower trail race in August.  The series races are typically on Thursday nights. This year will be offering wood fired pizza, so bring the family and make an evening of it. Later in the cycling season we will create a Cyclecross course that will stay up as a practice area.

The Park also hosts the annual Seacoast Velo Kids, 'Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day'. This year's event will be on May 15th. This is a great way to get the kids out early, dust off their skills (and yours) at the skill stations, cruise around the kids race course and get some free schwag. Through the months of July and August Seacoast Velo Kids offers group rides for kids at the Park on Sunday afternoons. They have some loaner bikes if the kids need to borrow one. Check out their website for registration details, seacoastvelokids.org .
The Town of Stratham organizes different volunteer groups to assist with the necessary maintenance of all of the trails. There are ongoing efforts to update and replace some of the bridges and other manmade structures to make the riding experience more enjoyable.  If you are interested in getting involved with these efforts, please send us an email at shickey@stratahmnh.gov.

Getting to the trails in Stratham is rather easy and very convenient.   The Park is located just a few minutes off of Interstate 95 and New Hampshire State Highway 101, under an hour from Boston, Concord, NH and Portland.  Dogs must be leashed in certain areas on the trails, please obey the posted signs. The trails on Town owned land close to the public at 9 pm.  We hope to see you out there soon!
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SNH NEMBA Trailwork @ Bear Brook

Date

Repeats every week until Sun May 08 2016 .
4/30/16 9:00am to 12:00pm

Southern New Hampshire NEMBA will hold a work day on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 8th.

Plan on meeting at the hiker/biker lot off of Podunk Road at 8:45. We will move to the work site at 9 AM. We will work until noon or 1 PM.

Bring water, gloves and lunch if you want to join a ride afterwards (no need for tools, we will have the trailer).

On 4/30 we will be working around the old 4-H camp clearing some of the old trails.

((Bear Brook is hosting the annual NEMBA trail building school at the 4-H camp this year May 21-22. If you are interested in attending the trail school, contact Matt Caron (our trusty president) or Philip Keyes, NEMBA executive director.))

On 5/8 we will be hauling materials to the work sites for the trail school. We will finally be able to work on the bridge project that was part of last years RTP grant.

If time permits on either day, we will work on the third and final re-route on Hedgehog Ledge. Hope to see you there!

Any questions call Kathy 603-724-7187.

Chapter

Southern NH

Trail

Event Leader

Kathy Evans
holvetcen@earthlink.net
603-724-7187

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meetings

Date

4/19/16 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Our chapter meetings are help on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month (Feb, April, June, August, October, December). Typically held at Stonewall Farm in Keene at 6PM with a ride before. The December event is social with location TBD. Agendas posted to Google Group and Facebook page prior to each meeting.

Location

Stonewall Farm - Keene

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

BK-NEMBA Spring Kick-Off Picnic

Date

5/7/16 10:00am to 2:00pm

At Todd Amato​'s house in Vernon VT. Lots of space for parking, riding right from his house, room for bike polo, and there is a pump track and Todd has been building! We ride at 10:30, and have leaders for a kids ride, a women's ride (but the ladies can ride in any group they want of course), a fast group, and a casual group. The groups will ride such that they meet up occasionally. Plan on a 2 hour ride. The social/food will start at 1Pm for those who can't make the ride. Family/kid friendly. Let us know if you are coming, and how many people. BYOB Address is 1362 Pond Rd, Vernon VT. There will be orange cones at the end of the driveways. Member or not, all are welcome. But we encourage you to join at www.nemba.org

Location

1362 Pond Rd, Vernon VT

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

BK NEMBA's unReal MTB Day

Date

3/26/16 7:30pm to 8:30pm


It is about to get unReal. Saturday (March 26th) is fast approaching and we've got a full day of MTB activities lined up in Keene, NH.

We'll kick the afternoon off at 2:30 with Drummer Hill group ride(s). The trails are dry, and the weather looks good - 50° and sunny. We should have enough leaders to keep the group sizes reasonable and accomodate a variety of ride lengths/difficulties. Meet at the Cheshire Medical Center (hospital) parking lot ready to roll. Please park on the Emergency Room side, out by the main road. The address is 580 Court Street Keene, NH 03431 or just follow the blue “H” signs... We will ride to the Drummer Rd/Green Acres trail head from there.
We are also working on getting things in place for a kids ride. Saturday Kids Ride details... Meet at Stonewall Farm at 3PM. We have plenty of people to help guide everyone around the farm. It sounds like we may have enough to split things into 2 groups of kids if need be.

After the ride we'll all converge at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. The address is 77 Main St, right in downtown Keene, and just a couple doors up from The Colonial Theater. There is plenty of parking out behind the restaurant, and the bar is quite large so we'll have no problem accommodating a big group. We'll shoot for being at the restaurant around 5PM for drinks, dinner, or socializing. Just go to the bar side. If you want a table, see the hostess. We'll just start at the bar and go from there.

The doors at The Colonial Theater open at around 7PM for the 7:30 show. Again, just down the street. Try to get there a little early to get a free ticket for some awesome giveaways from Strava, Highland Mountain Bike Park, VMBA, West Hill Shop, Ted's Shoe and Sport, Likin' Bikin', Norm's Bike and Ski, and more – over $4,000 in prizes will be given away, to include a new Surly bike! There will also be a table set-up in the lobby with BK-NEMBA selling maps of Drummer Hill ($5, cash money).

After the show we'll head over to Elm City Brewery for some more food, drink, and socialization.

Facebook event and venue information: https://www.facebook.com/events/949149475175950/ View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9xtojD9noo

Location

The Colonial Theater, Keene NH

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com

BK NEMBA Social

Date

12/10/15 6:00pm to 8:45pm

Keene Signworx
12 Base Hill Rd, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446
 
Join us for an end of the year social.  Bring your favorite drink and some food to share.  We'll talk bikes, make grand plans for the winter and next season, and get to see what each other looks like without a helmet on.  Spouses, partners, significant others welcome as well.

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern
madavern@hotmail.com

Stonewall Farm Trailcare

Date

11/1/15 8:30am to 11:00am

We'll be hanging some additional trail markers, putting some nice cedar arrows up at intersections, and clearing the trails of leaves. If we get a good turn out there is a little reroute I've been eyeing, but the main goal is to square the trails away for fall/winter.

Also, following the workday, Advanced Cyclist will be having a demo day at 11 right there at the farm. Get a full day of bikes in.

Remember, Daylight Savings Time ends that morning...

We'll meet at stonewall Farm - HERE

Location

Keene, NH

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern
madavern@hotmail.com

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