Hickory Trail

OutAndBack • 1.25 mi • 0 ft

A beaver marsh and a mature deciduous forest with many shagbark hickory trees. The sanctuary was named originally after George Burrows, former conservation chairman of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, who purchased the land in 1965. An old dirt town road borders the southern end of the sanctuary. For the first 30 yards on the right, you see only a small section of the swamp, which extends into the sanctuary. Woodchucks, frogs, and woodpeckers are sighted here. Special Features: roadside swamp, pleasant old town dirt road, Shagbark hickories and other hardwoods, and quiet butterfly and bird watching.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Hampton
Length: 1.25 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: George Burrows Wildlife Sanctuary
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Again, the map and topo map have the location of this place in the wrong place. But I did locate it and it is a fairly decent wildlife sanctuary. The marked trail is very, very short and suddenly ends at a large marsh/swamp. It is marked very well with yellow pieces nailed onto the trees. The entrance to the marked trail is directly to the right of where the small (nose in) parking area is. The marked trail is an in-and-back (no more than 1/2 mile). However, if you go straight up the dirt road (leaving the marked trail on your right and a small pond) you can walk up and up this lovely dirt and gravel road. One thing that was a little disconcerting at first were all the "posted" signs on the left side of the road, but I realized these signs aren't related to the road itself (since the wildlife sanctuary has it's signs posted on the right side of the road). At the top the road is barracaded by some huge piles of tree trash, some metal, lots of brush, thus this indicates where you would turn around or you can opt to turn into the woods and follow an old ATV trail in and around and eventually back down to the road (and back to your car). Its a nice loop and takes a solid hour + up and around and back down (on foot with dogs). There are some areas of the road/trail that are quite rocky. There are other old ATV trails in the woods, some more overgrown than others.

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