Guided Walks

For directions to GLLT trailheads and trail maps for the properties, click here.


Upcoming Walks and Explorations—Stretching Our Legs Farther Afield

2016/2017 winter and spring explorations include:


Explore the woods in early winter

Saturday, December 11, 2016, 9:30-12:30
John A. Segur East, Farrington Pond Road

We’ll take in the beauty of the John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge East as we make our way to the Sucker Brook Outlet. Along the way, we’ll keep an eye out for winter wildlife and learn a little about the landscape. Snowshoes may be needed. Bring a snack or lunch and plenty of water.
Trailhead: John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge East, Farrington Pond Road (off Timber Shores Road), Lovell
Degree of Difficulty: easy


First Day Hike

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 1:30-3:30PM
Whiting Hill, Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

We’ll ring in the New Year with an afternoon hike as we climb to the summit of Whiting Hill.  At the top, let’s toast Lovell with hot cocoa as we take in the view of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains.
Trailhead: Slab City Road.
Degree of Difficulty: moderate.


Mammal Tracking

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:30AM-noon
Ron’s Loop, Back Pond Preserve

Through the prints animals leave in the snow, we can read the story of their movement. We’ll learn how to measure tracks and look for other signs that indicate which mammals inhabit Back Pond Preserve.
Trailhead: limited parking. Contact us to carpool [email protected] or call (207)925-1056
Degree of Difficulty: easy


Owl Prowl

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:45-8:30PM
Snowmobile Trail by Perky’s Path,Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

For this evening hike we’ll use our expert owl caller to give you the experience of hearing wild owls. Species that are most often heard are barred and great horned owls. Keep in mind that these are wild owls and there are no guarantees. Moon phase, wind, cloud cover, precipitation and more will affect the owls’ response.
Trailhead: Meet at the GLLT office to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: easy—bring a headlamp or flashlight.


Meet the Evergreens

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30AM-12:30PM
Flat Hill, Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

Evergreen trees and ferns are just that—evergreen.  We’ll point out family traits and variation as we examine needles, cones, conifer bark and fern fronds. If trail conditions are good, we’ll climb to the summit of Flat Hill, otherwise, we’ll circle Perky’s Path.
Trailhead: Flat Hill parking lot, Heald Pond Road.
Degree of Difficulty: easy/moderate


From Fairy Fish to Exoskeletons: A Vernal Pool Exploration

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:30AM-12:30PM
Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

We’ll look for frog and salamander eggs, dip our nets and learn more about life in a vernal pool. We’ll also walk to Otter Rock and search for exoskeletons of dragonfly and damselfly nymphs.
Trailhead: Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: easy


Up High, Down Low: Birds and Wildflowers

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30AM-12:30PM
Long Meadow Brook Reserve (note: there is no trail map yet for this newly acquired property)

Join us for an exploration of this new property, where we’ll bee-line to the wetland and practice our birding skills. On the way back, we’ll pause to appreciate spring ephemerals.
Trailhead: Meet behind the Charlotte Hobbs Library in Lovell to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: easy/moderate


Stop and Smell the Flowers (and Ferns)

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9:30AM-1:30PM
Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

This hike will take a bit longer than most, so pack a lunch and plenty of water. We’ll hike along the Homestead Trail and then follow the Gallie Trail to the Amos Andrews Trail.  Along the way, we’ll stop frequently for flowers and ferns. And the créme de la créme should be the blooming wild columbine at the summit of Amos Mountain.
Trailhead: Gallie Trail parking lot, Route 5
Degree of Difficulty: moderate/difficult


Longest Day Hike

June 21, 2017, 6:30-8pm
Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a hike to Otter Rocks at Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy beside the pond as we celebrate the summer solstice.
Trailhead: Fairburn parking lot, Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


The History and Future of Forest and Wildlife Management at Long Meadow Brook

July 6, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Long Meadow Brook Reserve (note: there is no trail map yet for this newly acquired property)

The recently acquired Long Meadow Brook Reserve hosts a mixed forests and an array of wildlife habitats that have been molded by the forces of nature and human intervention. We will witness the evidence of this historic relationship and learn of the GLLT’s future management goals for the reserve.
Trailhead: Kezar Lake Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


Lookin’ for Lichens

July 15, 2017, 9:30-noon
Kezar River Reserve

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel will show us how to examine the unique and colorful miniature forms of lichens. We will attempt to identify the species and also discuss their many unique reproductive structures. Bring a hand lens if you have one, 10X is ideal. We will have a few loaner lenses as well.
Trailhead: Kezar River Reserve, Route 5 (across from Wicked Good Store)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


Native American Medicinal Plant Walk

July 20, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

See the woods in a different light with the help of Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute. We’ll explore the medicinal power of native woodland plants and their uses as we follow the Homestead Trail.
Trailhead: Gallie parking lot of Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Exploring a Black Spruce Peat Bog

July 27, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Kezar River Reserve

We’ll walk on the seldom explored east side of the Kezar River Reserve and wander the section of forest that is approaching old growth conditions, including a black spruce peat bog. Along the way, we’ll look for evidence of pileated woodpecker works.
Trailhead: Meet at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library to carpool.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts

August 2, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

We’ll hike with Ralph Pope, author of Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts, A Field Guide to Bryophytes of the Northeast, and try out some field identification techniques. If you have other bryophyte identification references, please feel free to bring them along. (Copies of Pope’s book will be available for sale or loan.)
Trailhead: Westways Trail, Route 5
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Mushrooms of Lovell

August 10, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve

Beside Sucker Brook, we’ll meet the most common families of mushrooms(fungi) in our area and find out more about their natural history and many ecological functions. Note: The focus of our walk is fungi’s important and under-appreciated role in forest ecology, not the edibility of particular species of mushrooms.
Trailhead: Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve, Horseshoe Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Take a Walk With Lovell Kids

August 12, 12:30-3pm
TBD

The GLLT interns and Lovell Recreation Summer Campers have spent the summer learning about all things nature related. You are invited to join them as they share their knowledge of the land trust and the natural world. Trailhead: To be decided by the kids. We will announce via the newspaper, e-mail, GLLT and Lovell Rec Facebook pages.


Pollinators and the Pollinated

August 17, 2017, 9:30am-noon
TBD

On property under conservation easement with the Greater Lovell Land Trust, local beekeeper Guy Pilla will share the inner workings of his hives. We’ll then walk the surrounding forest and created meadows as we examine plants the bees utilize for nectar and pollen, and discuss how to best increase the bee friendliness of your own property. The crème de la crème–sampling local honey!
Trailhead: Meet at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


This and That

August 24, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Chip Stockford Reserve

While most of our walks have a theme that we try to stick to, today, we’ll journey along the trail at the Chip Stockford Reserve and enjoy whatever tickles our fancy.
Trailhead: Ladies Delight Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


A’journaling We’ll Go

September 2, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Back Pond Reserve

Get inspired by Back Pond Preserve’s beauty and reflect about the natural world around you. Bring your own journal and writing utensils. This will be a stop-and-go walk as we pause frequently to sketch, draw, photograph and/or write about our observations.
Trailhead: Ron’s Loop, Back Pond Reserve, 5 Kezar Ponds Road, Stoneham
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Shell Pond Spectacular

October 21, 2017, 9:30am-2pm

As we circle Shell Pond, we’ll pause periodically to take in the glory of the autumnal display and enjoy the view of the White Mountains from the air strip. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Don’t forget your camera.
Trailhead: Shell Pond Road/Evergreen Valley Road, Stow (not at the gate on Stone House Road)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


The Wonders of Wilson Wing

November 11, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve

Members of the younger generation will share their favorite wonders as we walk beside Sucker Brook. It is hunting season and though no hunting is allowed on this particular property, we strongly encourage you to wear blaze orange.
Trailhead: Horseshoe Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Christmas on Flat Hill

December 9, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm

On our hike to the summit of Flat Hill, we’ll stop along the way to decorate a few trees. And at the summit, we’ll take in the distant mountains while also noting the evergreens that surround us, including red pines.
Trailhead: Heald Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate


First Day Hike

January 1, 2018, 12:30-3:30pm

Let’s ring in the New Year with an afternoon hike as we climb to the summit of Whiting Hill. At the top, we’ll toast Lovell with hot cocoa while we take in the view of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains.
Trailhead: Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate


Walk Guidelines:

difficult walk is on developed and rough trails up and down hill.

A moderate walk is on developed trail on mostly level terrain.

An easy walk is designed for those who prefer a relaxed experience on easy terrain.

Trained volunteer docents lead all of our guided walks. The walks are free and prior registration is not necessary. Unless otherwise indicated, walks are geared for audiences of all ages and children accompanied by parents are always welcome. The focus of the walks varies from program to program but always includes some discussion of the natural history of the season and the site.  Docents with a particular interest in geology, fungi, native plants, edible or medicinal plants, and animal tracks are always eager to share these interests with participants.

Guided walks meet at the trailhead of the GLLT property as indicated in the program description. Carpooling to the trailhead is encouraged. Please leave pets at home. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for the season, bug repellent, and sturdy walking shoes. Due to the increased incidence of Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses, we strongly recommend participants wear long pants, use insect repellant, and thoroughly check for ticks after being outside. Programs are subject to cancellation in inclement weather. Please call 925-1056 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to confirm that a walk will be happening.

The Greater Lovell Land Trust walks are free and open to the public. Look for “Land Trust Walk Today” signs posted on Route 5 and leading to the trailhead.

Be aware that, though dogs are welcome on some properties, the GLLT asks that you not bring a pet on a GLLT-sponsored walk. Thank you for your cooperation.

Walks last approximately three hours, so please dress for the weather conditions and bring plenty of water and snacks.


Photo of a hiking group at the Kezar River Reserve.

A hiking group at the Kezar River Reserve 

Directions To GLLT Properties

(click on property names to see trail map PDFs)
Back Pond Reserve

From Lovell, drive north on Route 5. Turn right onto Old Waterford Road. After 4.6 miles stay left to continue on Five Kezars Road. A small parking area is located on the right about a mile down the Five Kezars Road marked with a GLLT Trails sign. This trailhead services the “Mountain Trail.” There is a second trailhead another 0.5 miles down the road on the right that serves “Ron’s Loop.”

Chip Stockford Reserve

From Route 5 take the West Lovell Road over the Narrows Bridge and then turn left onto Ladies Delight Road (the first dirt road on your left).  The reserve parking lot is on your right at about ½ mile, a short distance after crossing the wetland and at the top of the hill.  Additional parking is on the left.

Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

From Lovell drive north on Route 5 and turn right on Slab City Road. Proceed a short distance over a bridge to the Fairburn parking area on your left Just past the boat launch.

This Reserve has four additional trailheads:

  • Flat Hill: From Lovell drive north on Route 5 and turn right on Slab City Road. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and turn left onto the Heald Pond Road. Travel to the end of the Heald Pond Road.  At the cul-de-sac continue straight 100 feet to the parking lot.
  • Westways: Travel north on Route 5 past the Slab City Road.  The Trailhead is on the right across from the Westways Road entrance  and approximately one mile north of the intersection of Route 5 and Slab City Road.
  • Gallie Trail: Travel north on Route 5 past the Slab City Road and the Westways trailhead. Look for the small GLLT sign approximately 1.5 miles on right. This large parking area includes handicap spaces.
  • North End Trail: Travel north on Route 5 approximately 2.5 miles past Slab City Road.  The trailhead is on the right just before the south end of the North Lovell Cemetary.
John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge
(formerly the Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve)
  • John A. Segur East: From Lovell, drive north on Route 5. Turn left on the West Lovell Road. Proceed over the Narrows Bridge. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left at Timber Bay Shores Road. Go approximately 1 mile and turn right (after passing pond on the right) onto Farrington Pond Road. Cross the stream and stay right on Farrington Pond Road Extension (at the intersection with Northwest Cove Road). Go approximately 1/2 mile and look for the GLLT parking sign on the left.
  • John A. Segur West: The west trailhead is at the northern portion of the property off the New Road at the Lovell/Stow town line. From Lovell take Route 5 north. Turn left on the West Lovell Road. Proceed over the Narrows Bridge. Bear left at the first fork (approximately 3 miles) onto Foxboro Road. At the next fork bear left onto New Road (approximately 1 mile) and the parking lot approximately one mile on the left.
Kezar River Reserve

Located across from the “Boat MD,” just north of Lovell Village on Route 5.  A good forest road enters the land on the right side of the Route 5 if traveling north. Look for the GLLT Trail sign at the road entrance and follow the forest road to an open parking area in a field.

Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve and Bishop Cardinal Reserve
(formerly The Sucker Brook Preserve)

From Lovell, drive north on Route 5. Turn left onto West Lovell Road. Proceed over the Narrows Bridge. Continue on West Lovell Road, bearing left at the first fork (approximately 3 miles) onto Foxboro Road. Follow Foxboro Road (continue straight ahead) at the fork with New Road. Drive about one mile to Horseshoe Pond Road on your right. Proceed down Horseshoe Pond Road for 0.8 miles to the kiosk on the right, just before the boat landing.