With all of the snow falling in Londonderry these past few day the trails have become winter wonderlands for snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Londonderry has one of the largest cross country ski trails in Southern New Hampshire.
The north Orchard Loop is one sixth of a mile, on the west side you will pass by semi-dwarf apple trees, on the east side the decades old mature apple trees are bordered by the town forest. Crossing the orchard access road nearby where Mack’s U-pick 1 would be, a down hill run through the now dormant pumpkin field will bring you to the wetlands crossing.
The three quarter mile connector path will take you through a pine and hardwood canopy. With Adams pond on your right, cross the bridge over the dam rebuilt by Londonderry Trailways. This will take you to the South orchard loop one eighth of a mile ringing the edge of Mack’s U-Pick 2. To the South of the groomed cross country ski trail you will travel along the edge of Adams Road a New Hampshire scenic roadway. The X-Country trail runs between large old maples and the orchard.
Snowmobile and ATV traffic is not allowed on the trails or the property. In winter, walkers or snowshoers should be careful not to walk on the groomed tracks. The trail is not recommended if you do not have snowshoes, you will “posthole” when trying to walk in the snow. Snowshoers typically will walk on the side of the groomed trail creating their own track. Leaving the super highway to the X-C skiers. Dogs are often seen in this recreation area, they do better once the track has a few hundred people on it and it widens. With the weather and conditions today in Londonderry that won’t be long now!
To view the trail system click on the thumbnail in this story or to download a PDF file of the Adams Pond X-Country Ski Trail.
You will also find another 5 miles or more of trails in the center of town, from behind the schools in the north to the pipeline on the westerly side. This connects to the Adams Pond Trail. Also from the farm stand you will find trails over “Moose Hill” the geographic point, not the farm, to the peace pole near the LAFA fields and town hall. Mack’s U-Pick 3 has a network of groomed trails throughout.