Mother Nature played a good April Fool’s joke on us in 2017, dropping about a foot of snow in the Monadnock Region. Just as we were getting ready to put our snow gear away, winter is back in full force. Knowing the snow would not last long we ventured out to Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH to explore the trails on cross country skis.
When my husband and I were first dating and lived in Nashua, we frequented these trails as they gave us the opportunity to spend time in nature without driving long distances. Returning to these trails with our daughter allowed us to share with her some of our earlier memories in our relationship and our love of the outdoors.
Beaver Brook is a great place to visit for all ages and abilities. They offer an array of activities such as school activities, a fitness group, a treasure hunt for kids, bird watching, gardens, various presentations, nature identification markers along some of the trails, as well as miles of well marked trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. We also saw deer tracks and could hear various birds chirping.
The day of our visit we chose to ski a three mile loop. These trails are multi use so there are no groomed trails, but due to the amount of traffic the trail was packed down enough to get a good glide.
The second half of the loop was a little more backcountry skiing than we expected, but my husband and I were really proud with how well our daughter did meandering through the trees, up and down hills and over small streams.
Recently, I had seen a Facebook post about a wigwam on one of their trails. I wanted my daughter to check it out. This is such a fun little area, there is a small wigwam that fits a few people and allow little ones minds to imagine. There is also a small stream and a bridge, that I imagine in the spring and summer is great for throwing rocks in.
If you are in the Nashua area and are looking for a great place to get out into the wood for a few hours, I high recommend that you checking out Beaver Brook Association.