What’s New with Hopkinton Land Conservation
October 23, 2016: Grand Opening of the newly acquired Horne Town Forest and the Contoocook Overlook Trail.
The Contoocook Overlook Trail provides access to Horne Town Forest, 14 acres of land at the confluence of the Blackwater and Contoocook Rivers. The trail to the overlook is an easy 2.2 mile round trip from the Bohanan Farm parking area. It’s a 3-minute walk down Burrage Road to the trailhead, then a gentle walk on the the Blackwater River Loop to the Contoocook Overlook Trail.
Walkers will be rewarded with beautiful views at the point of land where the two rivers converge. Click here for more information about this trail.
Hopkinton Village Greenway Poetry Box
Private landowners along the Hopkinton Village Greenway, Steve Gordon and Lucy Karl, added a beautifully crafted poetry box on the trail section between Briar Hill and Rollins Roads. A note in the box encourages walkers to read the poems within, perhaps take a copy and contribute new poems in return.
The idea of a poetry box was inspired by similar boxes they have seen along trails in Portland Oregon. The box now includes a wonderful assortment of inspirational poems.
Dog Waste Bag Dispensers at Kimball Lake and Library Trails
Thanks to the owners and patrons of “Paws on Pine,” a dog boarding and daycare facility in Contoocook, dog waste bag dispensers and trash containers have been installed at the Kimball Lake trailhead behind Kimball Cabins and another near the trails behind the Hopkinton Library.
Please help keep our trails clean by picking up after your dog.
June 2015 – Hopkinton Village Greenway 250th Historic Walking Tour – Saturday, June 13 at 9:00 AM at Kimball Lake Cabins
Join your neighbors to celebrate Hopkinton’s 250th anniversary by exploring the history along the Hopkinton Village Greenway!
From Kimball Lake to the Town Pound to the site of an Indian raid, 20 informational stations will help you relive Hopkinton’s history while experiencing our beautiful conservation land.
Guided tour starts at 9:00 a.m. Refreshments served at the top of Putney Hill.
Hosted by the Hopkinton Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee.
A self-guided historic walking tour brochure is available at this website for download (PDF format). Click here to access the Hopkinton Village Greenway page and then select the Historic Walking Tour tab..
November 2014 – New Trail Connects the Hopkinton Village Greenway to Putney Hill and Dolly Roads
In the fall of 2014, a new trail section was built to connect the Greenway to the historic sites on Putney Hill Road, and to Dolly Road via the First Parsonage Road trail.
The trail connector begins on Putney Hill Road at the historic marker identified as the “First Parsonage” cellar hole (between 211 and 285 Putney Hill Road).
November 2014: Conservation Easement on Dustin land links two Bohanan Farm parcels and protects ¼ mile of Contoocook River frontage.
Hopkinton’s Open Space Committee and the Hopkinton Conservation Commission were successful in securing funding to acquire a 36-acre conservation easement from Dan and Missy Dustin on land located on Dustin Road and the Contoocook River. The newly conserved property links two parcels of Bohanan Farm, creating a contiguous conserved landscape of 449 acres. The conservation easement will be monitored by Five Rivers Conservation Trust which also monitors the Bohanan Farm conservation easement. Funding was provided by the NH Department of Environmental Services through its Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) program, Public Service Company of NH, and the Hopkinton Conservation Commission through its Conservation Fund. Five Rivers Conservation Trust worked closely with all parties involved to help protect this property.
The Dustin property is open to the public and completes protection of a popular existing trail along the river. The trail is accessible from the trailhead on Penacook Road at the Contoocook River.
Fall 2014 – Improvements to Kimball Lake cabins
A dedicated group of local volunteers worked closely with the Kimball Lake Cabin Committee in making necessary repairs to the large log cabin, making it safe once again for public use. Funds for materials were made possible by generous donations from local residents and friends of the Kimball Lake cabins. A local Boy Scout project provided a kiosk at the Hopkinton Village Greenway trail head, which begins at the parking area behind this cabin.
September 2013 – Hopkinton Village Greenway Trails Open
The Hopkinton Village Greenway – 4.5 miles of walking trails – connects town forests and conservation lands surrounding Hopkinton Village.
The Greenway links existing trails on Hawthorne Forest, Ransmeier Woods and Kimball Lake with new trails on town parcels, private lands and Class 6 roads. The trail offers a unique opportunity for walkers of all ages to experience the natural lands that lie within a short distance of the Village center.
The Hopkinton Greenway trail has been developed and will be maintained by an all-volunteer crew, under the leadership of the Conservation Commission. The trail is made possible by the generosity of private landowners who have permitted the trail to cross over their lands.
Click here for details about the Hopkinton Village Greenway, including trail descriptions and trail map.