This is a true 4 season trail. As you would expect there is Spring, Summer, Fall walking/hiking, but this trail is also the home of our Winter groomed cross country ski program!
The complete “dog bone” loop is 3 miles. The trail loops around the parameter of one apple orchard, then goes through a beautiful wooded section that takes you over 4 foot bridges and by Adams Pond. The trail then loops around a second apple orchard. You then return back through the woods again, and you are shortly back to where you started.
Imagine the beautiful apple blossoms in the spring along this trail. Or imagine the wonderful trees full of apples and pumpkins on the ground in the fall. This is a very scenic walk! This trail is also home to the annual Run for Apples 5K race held each fall and two U-Pick Apple & Pumpkin stations!
But then there is winter….what an incredible Nordic cross country ski season in Londonderry, NH in recent winters. Every pleasant winter day you can catch a glimpse of XC skiers out enjoying this tremendous natural resource for our town. The trail is groomed in the winter and maintained in the summer by local volunteers. Ski conditions vary drastically each day, ski at your own risk!
Directions: Trail head parking in the summer is along the dirt farm road between Pillsbury and Mammoth roads. Trail head parking in the winter is at the Morrison House Museum parking lot on Pillsbury Road.
Points of Interest along this trail:
If you start in the North Orchard, then on the farthest east side of the 0.6 mile North Orchard Loop you are at the highest point on the trail bordered by the town forest to the east and with great views looking west . There is even a swing on the edge of the Town Forest nearby.
The three quarter mile woodland connector portion will take you through a pine and hardwood canopy. You’ll cross several foot bridges including the bridge over the Adams Pond dam rebuilt by Londonderry Trailways.
This will take you to the 0.8 mile South Orchard Loop that rings the edge of Mack’s U-Pick #2 station. To the South of the orchard you will be traveling along the edge of Adams Road a “New Hampshire Scenic & Cultural Byway” and you will be between large old sugar maples and the orchard.
In the winter Trail grooming for cross country skiing is performed as snow conditions permit. Conditions will vary at different times – ski at your own risk!
More info on the Town’s Conservation Commission page is here: http://londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_BComm/Conservation/properties/adamspond