Boscawen Town Forest Interpretive Nature Trail

On August 7th, 2017 after a rainy evening I decided to take the Boscawen Town Forest Interpretive Nature Trail.  This still fits into the Hike Concord, NH theme since the park spans both Concord and Boscawen.  A map can be downloaded here.  I started at the parking area at the end of Weir Road, off of Queen Street in Boscawen.

In the mailbox next to the sign you hopefully will find the printed guide produced by the Boscawen Conservation Commission and begin your 1.4 mile, hour long walk.  In August the mosquitos and deer flys were quite bad requiring a good bug repellent.  I also wore tall rubber boots since it had just rained.  Footing is some areas is rocky and slippery so be careful.  The Paths this time of year are very overgrown and a little hard to find at times.  Item 1 is a vernal pool (a water pool that dries up in summer).  It is not where it is shown on the map.  Turn left onto the Dogady Hill trail and you will see the pool directly in front of you.  Return to the main path to proceed to item 2, the old leather dump.  As you leave the clearing and continue down the path, notice the many test wells all around the dump site.  These are used to monitor water quality since Chromium was a major part of the tanning process.

You will eventually arrive at the sign that tells you to take a left for the nature loop.  Yes, there really is a trail there.  It becomes clearer after a a few hundred feet.  Items 3 (snags),4 (Stone Walls) and 5 (Beaver Pond) are clearly marked.  Look for signs of beavers at work.

The sign for item 6(old Field) has been vandalized, and I never did find the sign for item 7 (Apple Trees).  You will now come out at the old Weir family homestead, which has been totally overtaken by Asian Bittersweet.

 Eradication has begun, but as you can see, the vines are huge.  You have now gone about 0.8 miles.  Continue to the back of the cellar hole (item 8) and you will see the beginning of the Colby loop that returns to the parking lot.

This section is very rocky and slippery.  It is also the prettiest.  Item 9 (Bull Pine) is on this trail past another cellar hole. Enjoy your hike!

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Weir Road / Boscawen Town Forest

April 14, 2016 This was a high fifty degree day, and perfect for a walk at the Weir Road / Boscawen Town Forest Trails. (Click for map)  (click here for text accompanying map) A short walk down the trail I took a right on to the Daggody Hill trail and went down to the bridge that crosses the beaver pond outlet.

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There are some freshly blown over trees and in the stream in an eddy just below the beaver dam I saw these frog eggs in the water.

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A short distance up the trail after the bridge take a left to the bench on the spur trail labeled “Beaver Pond Overlook”.  If you are quiet you may see the Blue Heron that is nesting on a dead tree directly over the beaver lodge.

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(I scared it away by accident) After this the trail starts up Daggody Hill which has the afternoon sun on it and is a warm place for basking like this Garter Snake.  Garter Snakes do not lay eggs, instead giving live birth.

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At the end of the Daggody Hill trial I took a right to the Boscawen Forest parking lot and took the Colby Loop trail.  This brings you to the Weir homestead site.

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The cellar hole for the house and barn are there along with a picture and history of the site. I took a right to continue back on Weir Road, and from here on the path was quite muddy.  There is a right turn  onto the Hardy By Pass which is not on the map but is clearly marked.

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The beaver pond covers the Weir Road at this point making the by pass needed. (Road on the left)  The whole loop is 2.9 miles and took me two hours (90 minutes of walking).  There are several ups and downs, muddy spots, and rocky sections so use your walking sticks. Also be warned, I came home to find my first tick of the season.