Jim Hill River Walk, Revisited

I decided to take a summer walk to the first place I blogged about earlier this year.  While very beautiful, and of course changed with the seasons, I would almost change the name from River Walk to Poison Ivy and Tick Walk.

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The field from the parking lot is filled with Milkweed which are important to Monarch Butterflies.  I only saw this one in the whole field.  Possibly it is still too early since the milkweed is only starting to flower.  Interestingly most Monarch Butterflies only live a few weeks.  Only the last hatching of the season migrates to Mexico, and there will live for about eight months. I managed to flush out a mother wild turkey with her young from the field quite by accident.

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The trails are quite narrow, and Poison Ivy is totally unavoidable.

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This bridge is the first picture in my earlier blog about the Jim Hill River Walk.  See how much has grown in such a short amount of time!

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Finally, in my first blog I talked about Partridge Berries.  Here is a berry and some flowers for Partridge Berries.  I would avoid this walk is you are susceptible to Poison Ivy at this time.  Also, I left the trail with a Dog Tick and a Deer Tick I picked up along the way.

 

 

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Sewalls Falls Park Trail

The Sewalls Falls Park Trail (click link for map) (Click here for map text) is an easy walking trail of just under a mile, one way, that follows the west bank of the Merrimack River.

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The access from the Sewalls Falls Road bridge is under construction, so you will want to go to the end of Second St. and take a left into the parking lot for Rotary Park.  This trail is generally easy walking and wide, with several places to view the river.  Children should be cautioned to stay away from the steep drop offs to the water.

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The memorial bench is an indication that the Merrimack River can be dangerous.  If you walk to the construction site you can see what, to us nearby residence owners, is the building of a much welcomed bridge.

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On the opposite end of the trail, examine the old dam site and the canal gates.

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This area is also the entrance to Rotary Park, and a short distance from the Morono Park Trail, to be see in future blogs. This trail makes for a perfect early evening hike with a friend or a dog or the whole “Fam Danmaly” (thanks to Mary P for that).