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This ride's general location is between Brookline and Hollis on NH 130. Scenery includes woods and wildlife. This is a good family ride; stick to the woods roads and keep off the nature trails. The roads here in the Beaver Brook Wildlife Habitat are, of course, lined with stone fences, but they're not the main attraction. Beaver Brook has an educational center with exhibits on the progression of a New England forest, from weeds to towering hardwoods. The natural process takes about 40 years; you can learn it all here in a couple of hours before or after your ride.
Beaver Brook Professional Review and Guide
"This ride's general location is between Brookline and Hollis on NH 130. Scenery includes woods and wildlife. This is a good family ride; stick to the woods roads and keep off the nature trails. The roads here in the Beaver Brook Wildlife Habitat are, of course, lined with stone fences, but they're not the main attraction. Beaver Brook has an educational center with exhibits on the progression of a New England forest, from weeds to towering hardwoods. The natural process takes about 40 years; you can learn it all here in a couple of hours before or after your ride."
--Jeff Faust, Mountain Bike! New Hampshire (Menasha Ridge Press).
More Beaver Brook Professional Reviews and Guides
"Starting with the vision of land stewards Hollis P. Nichols and Jeffrey P. Smith and a meager 18 acres, Beaver Brook now encompasses over 2000 acres of woodlands and wetlands for the public to enjoy. With approximately thirty-five miles of trails, hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, and equestrians have many recreational opportunities. (Some trails are multi-use, and some are designated for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing only.)The Beaver Brook Association—a private, nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to environmental education and land stewardship—also offers many programs for children and adults to support their mission. This is a great place for kids, as many of the trails pass by ponds and alongside brooks over fairly easy terrain. The interconnecting trails provide many opportunities for choosing different routes and taking shortcuts when energy wanes."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"An outstanding identification trail through 90 sites and several microenvironments. You’ll get the most from this wonderful identification trail by buying the association’s informative, thirty-nine-page booklet explaining ninety marked sites. The booklet is available at the main office for a nominal fee. Its subtitle tells you what to expect: “Geology, Ecology, Forest and Wildlife Habitat Management, Conservation Practices, Land History, Wildflower and Tree Identification Or Across 600 Million Years on One Linear Mile!”"
--Julia Older & Steve Sherman, Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"A self-guided tour of natural and man-made nesting areas for birds and small mammals. Located only 45 miles northwest of Boston, the Beaver Brook Association’s greenbelt of wood and water land offers plenty of choices for walks. Since the primary purpose of the Beaver Brook Association is education, you may meet up with a school class on a field trip or garden club learning about rock shrub plantings. Programs in forest, wildlife, and horticultural management are also available. The demonstration trail focuses on the birds and small animals that benefit from man-made nesting boxes. It also draws the walker’s attention to natural habitats preferred by certain species. Taking this trail won’t ensure that you’ll spot a kestrel or an eastern bluebird, but it shows the possibilities of attracting birds through the setting out of nesting and breeding boxes."
"Located just over the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the Beaver Brook Preserve presents a landscape where beaver abound and loons, or even a wandering moose, wouldn't come as a surprise. Trail surface is packed earth, wooden footbridges, and some rugged, rocky areas."
--Helen Weatherall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston (Menasha Ridge Press).
"A ride through beautiful forests on old woods roads and exciting single-track. Beaver Brook is a small stream in Hollis that flows into the Nissitissit River near the Massachusetts border. The Beaver Brook Association has protected nearly 2,000 acres of land around Beaver Brook that offers opportunities for hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. This trip explores a little more than 7 miles of trails that pass through a variety of forest types and visit a wildlife pond that is an excellent spot for bird watching. It uses old woods roads and some of the most enjoyable single-track you will find in this book. While there are some advanced technical sections, they are short enough that less-skilled riders can walk them and still have a fun ride."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover Southern New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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