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Kearsarge Valley Trail

Intermediate
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This trail ties the SRKG from Wadleigh State Park into Kearsarge Mountain State Forest.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

1,009' 307 m

High

813' 248 m

Low

549' 167 m

Up

659' 201 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail starts off Penacook, in Wadleigh State Park, and runs southward. In a short distance along the access road, the trail turns left and heads into the woods. It goes through the Sutton Wetlands and the Aquavilla Wetlands; this is a great place for birding.

It runs through rocks and mud to Shadow Hill State Forest. It climbs over a small hill, in Shadow Hill State Forest, then descends to Interstate 89.

After crossing under I89, the trail takes a turn for the worse and follows skid rows through a slash yard. Navigating through here can be difficult; use caution. The trail ends at the road, across from the Lincoln Trailhead parking.

Flora & Fauna

Flora: Eastern Hemlock, Horsetail.
Fungi: Turkey Tail, Hemlock Varnish Shelf, Parchment fungi, Birch Polypore, Tinder Polypore, Chaga.
Fauna: Midges, Mayflies, Snow Fleas, Dog Ticks, Coyote (scat), Deer (tracks), Moose (scat, tracks), Red-Winged Blackbirds, Hermit Thrush(?).
Historical Features: Stone walls

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Shared By:

David Smith

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