Hike - Musquash Conservation Area

  • March 3, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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The Musquash Conservation Area was established in 1979 by the Londonderry Conservation Commission to meet the goals of preserving wildlife habitat, developing recreational opportunities, and establishing an active forest management program. The area includes over 1,100 acres of land with a marked trail system. There are several major trail sections, for a total of 10.5 miles of managed trails. The conservation area is open to hunters so you may want to dress yourselves in orange.

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The term Musquash comes from the Algonquin word for muskrat. Today it describes a large forest block in the western part of Londonderry. The area is made up of forested, rolling hills dotted with wetland areas that provide natural habitat for moose, deer, beaver, and painted and Blanding’s turtles, to name just a few species found here. Look for a variety of songbirds including common yellowthroats, veeries, hermit thrush, solitary and red-eyed vireos and scarlet tanagers in the summertime. During spring and fall migration, watch for a variety of warblers. In the spring and summer, don’t forget to listen for a variety of amphibians like spring peepers, wood frogs, gray tree toads, green frogs and others. The area also hosts a wide seasonal range of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.

Trail Maps: Maps are available online.

Site Access: Parking at street end at three locations – Hickory Hill Road, Sara Beth Lane, and Faucher Road.

Directions

GPS – N 42°[masked] W 071°[masked]

Directions to Hickory Hill Road Parking: From I-93 take exit 4 toward Nashua Road/Route-102. Turn left at Nashua Road/Route-102 and go 0.6 miles. Turn right at Gilcreast Road and go 0.8 miles. Continue on Hardy Road and go 0.1 miles. Make slight left at Pillsbury Road and go 2.4 miles. Turn right at High Range Road and go 1.3 miles. Turn left at Hickory Hill Drive and go to end of street.

Depending on the weather conditions that day and how we do exploring and navigating, we will shoot for at least 2 hours but no more than 3.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow. Every single person no-showed. Thanks for that.

    March 3, 2013

  • Sandy

    Sorry, I'm going to be tied up trying to finish something for work.

    March 2, 2013

  • Susan B.

    How is the terrain in that part of NH? Snow on the ground? Muddy? Id love to join but only have crappy old sneakers and doubtful hiking boots..

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i wouldn't even hike in this area without waterproof shoes. The snow is still on the trails here so has to be there

      March 2, 2013

  • Susan B.

    Whoops.. didnt mean to RSVP yes..just trying to join the group! :)

    March 2, 2013

  • Michelle E.

    In the midst of a migraine and the medicine isn't working well...:(

    March 2, 2013

  • Jeanine F.

    Last minute work project

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    although it may be muddy thanks to today's rain, looks like sunny weather for us! we have a few people joining us from another group too. i've never been here so would be awesome if everyone could bring a copy of a trail map and help with navigating

    February 27, 2013

  • Michelle E.

    I will know better on Friday....it all depends if I can get most everything prepped early for school the next week.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In north Conway

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Geez! Another big snowstorm coming. May have to postpone this again. I've hiked locally in the snow we currently have and it is tough/annoying so even more north of us could be not-so-fun.

    February 20, 2013

  • Danielle J.

    Do they allow dogs on this conservation area?

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, but to attend with a dog you must sign up through a dog meetup group as there are guidelines there regarding dogs

      February 9, 2013

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