|The Ammonoosuc River
Photo by Joe Viger
|A Section of Great Trail with Route 302 Above
Photo by Joe Viger
|Old Railroad Trestle Bridge in Bath
Photo by Joe Viger
Looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors safely? The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT), your local land trust, has you covered. There are four ACT conservation areas within Franconia, Easton, and Sugar Hill, open for public use and ready for you and your family to enjoy. Visit? this page? for directions, trail information, and maps to find the outdoor experience that best fits your needs. ACT's crew of volunteers are hard at work maintaining trails all season making them easy to follow and enjoy. If you're looking for a view, many of ACT's walks and hikes will reward you with picturesque views, on varied, family-friendly terrain. No matter the season, you can get out and get some fresh air. Bring your hikers, sneakers, snowshoes, or skis - there are lots of ways to experience ACT's trails.
Please note, some of ACT's conservation areas are privately owned. Public use of private land is one of New Hampshire's greatest traditions and we need your help keeping it that way. Please respect the land, privacy, and wishes of the landowners. Motorized vehicles, camping, and open fires are strictly prohibited on all ACT properties.
ACT, formed in 1999, is a nationally accredited land trust based in Franconia, NH. ACT's mission is to conserve lands in the Ammonoosuc Watershed to forever protect the scenic beauty, recreational amenities, working farms, productive forests, clean water, and wildlife habitats of the region for people and wildlife.
(Editor's Note: Thank you to the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) for providing this great information. To learn more about ACT and get a map, visit them online at: www.act-nh.org)
My Family believes that Green Woodlands is one of NH's best kept secrets, and I wanted to share some information on this remarkable place so others may find enjoyment
there as well! The Green Woodlands Family Foundation has established 35 square miles of contiguous property in the towns of Lyme, Dorchester, Orford and Wentworth, NH. These 35 miles of beautiful NH wilderness are also connected by 70 miles of pristine mountain biking trails and 50 Kilometers of homologated cross country ski trails that stretch from Dorchester all the way to Lyme! Think about that for a moment, you can ski or bike on beautifully groomed trails from Dorchester to Lyme which is unbelievable!!
For Winter use and skiing there are several warming huts along the trails that offer a warm wood stove and hot chocolate which is appreciated by all ages. The trails are legit and wide at 30' and again offer single and double track for both traditional skiers or skate skiers. Well behaved dogs are also welcomed at Green Woodlands which again is a pretty remarkable thing as most trails do not offer such a luxury. Our dog Winnie can run for miles with us while we ski to our hearts content. We find this extremely rewarding.
For Summer use the mountain biking trails offer double track and machine built single tracks. Some trails were designed and built by John Morton who designs and builds mountain biking trails all over the world. Check out this youtube video of the biking there and you will see firsthand how special they are. Personally my family has not tried the biking at Green Woodlands yet, but we hope to enjoy them this Summer.
Last but not least it's important for me to let you know all of this experience won't cost you a dime! That's right, all of this amazing adventure is completely free. Free parking, skiing, ski equipment if you don't have any, bike trails, grooming, warming huts, hot chocolate, 8 ponds on the property AND dog friendly. The Green Woodlands Foundation through their philanthropic generosity has provided all of this to our community which is mind blowing. I took the paragraph below from their website and I believe it sums it all up perfectly. This also let's you know the type of kind folks that are operating this forest playground. I hope to see you all in the woods!
"There are no fees required to use these trails but we hope to earn a SMILE from those that explore them. Earning that smile is much more valuable than any kind of monetary gain we could receive. And if you have a really good experience maybe you can bring that SMILE home with you and share it with others." Courtesy of: www.greenwoodlands.org