Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area, Les Clark Nature Trail

Loop • 1.25 mi • 0 ft

A captivating exploration of the Merrimack River floodplain below the headquarters of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers of central New Hampshire join in the north to form the broad Merrimack River. The Merrimack then flows south 110 miles through New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the Atlantic Ocean. This walk traverses a floodplain of the river, where flatland is subject to flooding but in turn is enriched with thick topsoil. Major flooding is now being held in check by strategic dams and reservoirs near Concord. Editor and conservationist Les Clark (1916–1992) enjoyed walking the Merrimack floodplain, and this self-guided trail was blazed in his memory. This attractive, many-faceted trail passes through new and old tree farms; past backwaters, channels, and marshes; and along the high, open riverbank.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Concord
Length: 1.25 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area
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