New Meetup: FAN Hike: Horse Hill Nature Preserve

From: FAN A.
Sent on: Monday, September 7, 2009 1:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The FAN Alliance!

What: FAN Hike: Horse Hill Nature Preserve

When: October 31,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Horse Hill Nature Preserve
184 Amherst Rd
Merrimack, NH 03054

I picked up a bunch of cheap, hunter orange vests, so we can try again in October. Can you think of a better day than Halloween to wear orange? It is recommended that you wear hiking boots and bring plenty of liquids, bug spray, sun tan lotion and snacks.

About Horse Hill Nature Preserve:
The approximately 563 acres of the Horse Hill Nature Preserve consist of gently rolling to fairly steep terrain and two hills of approximately 400' elevation. The land was cleared for pasture in previous centuries, has been logged several times, and now consists primarily of a mixed hardwood forest with trees between 20 and 60 years of age. The property includes a series of streams, ponds, swamps, and numerous wetlands totaling approximately 60 acres. A power line easement traverses the property, creating a shrubland undergrowth area. A small sandpit was created by previous owners, but sand has not been removed for several years.

Logging roads formed the basis of what is today a trail network used by hikers, bikers, hunters, snowmobilers, horse back riders, etc. This trail network does cover the majority of the property, however, leaving large areas without defined access.

The varied terrain, habitat, and large areas of undisturbed open space have encouraged a wide variety of wildlife to thrive on the property.

Looking at the map, the main loop is approximately 4.2 miles.

http://www.hhnp.org/

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/New-England-Friends-Activity-Network/calendar/11310129/

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