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 17, 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

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.