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Musquash or Muskrat?

Who cares.....let's go take a walk!

The term Musquash comes from the Algonquin word for muskrat. Today it describes a large forest block in the western part of Londonderry, NH called the Musquash Conservation Area. It 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 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.

Let's meet at 10:30 in the parking lot on Hickory Hill Road. Here are the directions:

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.

Bring a lunch, water, and dress for the weather---by early December there could be a chill in the air. The trail map doesn't indicate much elevation gain, so I think this may be a good stroll for anybody, although I'm thinking it will be 3-4 miles in total.

It is still hunting season, so wear orange if you have it.

Dogs are welcome....are you up for another hike, Zoe?

For a trail map go to:

http://www.londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_PlanEcoDev/gisdocs/mus.pdf