It has been a while since I’ve been out on some new trails. Today was the day with a trip over to the northern section of the Oak Ridge Town Forest in Fremont, NH. With a mixture of class VI roads, single track, and old logging roads these trails have a little bit of everything. While I generally dislike walking along old roads(see Piscassic WMA) the old section of Tavern Rd was very interesting. Bisecting marshes and swamps many parts of the trail are completely flooded out requiring a balancing act along small dam/ridges. While fun with the three of us, it might be a bit daunting for little ones.
While walking the old section of Tavern Rd we saw a lot of signs of recent beaver activity. They’ve been hard at work taking towering oaks and smaller saplings. A few beaver lodges and dams along the way show that this really is a great habit for them.
Getting off of the class VI road onto some of the smaller single tracks I was happy to see that they were well blazed. This was true for the outer trails, with the inner trails having no markers at all. There are several numbered posts out on the trails at key intersections that are also displayed on the trail map. This makes for easy navigation with little chance of getting lost.
The smaller trails wound their way through many bogs with several opportunities to take in a nice view of recent beaver activity or birds wading through the murky waters.
We only explored the northern section of Oak Ridge Town Forest today, but I have seen on Strava that this would easily be made into a day long adventure by continuing on down to the southern section. The rail trail is also accessible via a few connector trails which would provide more options. Because of all the fun that we had out on the trails today we will definitely make time to go visit the southern section of Oak Ridge Town Forest some point soon. The one note of caution I will provide is that I can imagine during the summer with all of the standing water that these trails will probably be ripe habitat for mosquitos and horse/deer flies.
Have you hiked these trails? Let us know below in the comments!