Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary

Every Thanksgiving we head out for a hike in preparation for all the yummy food ahead.  This year was no different. Since I was cooking  we needed shorter hike.  Ponemah Bog in Amherst, NH is something I’ve heard a lot about and have been wanting to check out.  Usually when I think of a hiking, I'm heading north or west.  I never think to look around Amherst, NH.  With the trail being so close to a main road, I was a little skeptical if I would feel enough in the woods to enjoy myself, but to my surprise, my family and I really like this trail.


The trail itself is located on Rhodora Drive off of Stearns Drive in Amherst, NH. There is a sign marking the trail and a decent size parking lot.  There are no dogs allowed so please leave your four legged friends a home.  The trail is a loop.  We started out by walking the boardwalk through the forest and a bog and ending up at a small pond.  


Along the pond are bird houses, various lookouts with benches and opportunities for wildlife watching. As you are circling back around the bog to the parking lot there is a raised platform overlooking the bog.  My daughter loved this and felt like she was in a treehouse.  

The one downside to the walk was the boardwalk was very slippery from all the rain from the day before and below freezing temperatures over night.  Over all we loved the walk and would highly recommend this for families or for someone who lives in the area and wants a few minutes outside without having to drive long distances.