The maintenance and care The Nature Conservancy devotes to their properties has always impressed me. Sheldrick Forest lives up to their high standards. It is one of the most peaceful hikes in southern New Hampshire. Why, is a mystery, because, upon occasion, the hum of route 101 rises up through the stately forest.
Perhaps it is its open woods with the scent of pine needles reminiscent of pillows that soothed my childhood. Perhaps the narrow trails which wind casually through the woods crossing and intersecting with the brooks which seep out of the hillsides toward the valleys below. There are no animal sounds, though signs of the wildlife abound, and yet this does not disconcert but instead adds to the peacefulness of the place. Notes from visitors contain comments such as "quiet,’ peaceful,’ heaven," one can walk softly through this place.
Margaret’s meander overlooks valleys and swamps as you travel along a narrow precipice, the Charles Davisson Trail is awash in Laurel and Rhododendron and if you want to extend your hike you can follow the Heald connector to the wonderful Heald property.
Sheldrick is perfect for children. Well marked it could serve as a primer for new map-readers. Along the way the trail has numbered interpretive points, a book, available at the kiosk will guide and educate.
To get there, from Milford, take 101 West, past Wilton Centre. Turn left, just beyond Gary’s Harvest Restaurant, onto Temple Road. Bear left across a bridge and then take your first Left onto Town Farm Road. Follow to the preserve entrance on your left. For more information, contact:
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