Get Outdoors

Amherst has over 30 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, x-country skiing, or just having a sit and enjoying nature. Below are descriptions of our many trail networks. To find canoe ports, scroll to the bottom of the page.  Easily accessible sites for simply enjoying a picnic or a moment of peace in nature include the Great Meadow and Lindabury Orchard.

 


Maps & Navigation

We recommend using the Gaia GPS app on your device for finding your way around the trails. You can download a town-wide map of conservation areas and trails, or you can view or download trail maps for individual areas below. Try our interactive Habitats & Trails map  to explore natural features while on the go!

Apple App Store

Click here to download Gaia GPS on your Apple device

 

Google Play App Store

Click here to download Gaia GPS for your Android device

 


Joe English Reservation

Joe English Reservation is the perfect place to bring your family for a nice walk in the woods. It is ACC's largest conservation area and it has the most extensive trail network in town. Trails range from flat and very easy to rugged – find something that is right for you. This area is good for mountain biking (on specified trails). Also, be sure to check out programs available at PMECThe Bicentennial Trail connects Joe English to the Betty Arnold Forest (below). To enter Joe English, park at the end of Brook Rd at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center. 

 

To view a larger map click on the image or CLICK HERE to download. 


Betty Arnold Forest

Betty Arnold Forest is enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers for its extensive rugged single track trails. Bicentennial trail runs through the middle, linking this area to Joe English to the north and Daquino Forest to the South. The B-H trails connects to Haseltine (below). For a challenging loop, climb the Lorden Path to the highest point in the area. For an easy walk with kids, try the "I Scream" trail for a 10 minute walk to Tastee Cone. A bench with a view over Sky Meadow is great for quiet contemplation and wildlife viewing. To visit Betty Arnold Forest, use the trailhead parking on Austin Rd.

 

To view a larger map click on the image or CLICK HERE to download.


Dacquino Forest & Bicentennial Trail

Bicentennial Trail is the oldest in our network. Betty Arnold, matriarch of ACC, established this trail in, you guessed it, 1976. It is good for hiking and mountain biking. It begins across from the DPW and travels north through Daquino Forest, and then on to Betty Arnold and Joe English. At one point it crosses a dirt service road -- find the trail on the other side and stay on it please. This trail is generally easy-moderate, but with a few fairly steep sections. You can access this trail from the trailhead parking at Betty Arnold Forest or there is a small pullout (1-2 cars) on Dodge Rd, north of the DPW.

 

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Caesar's Brook

Caesar's Brook is among our newer areas. Its on the smaller side, good for an easy-moderate short walk of a mile or less. You'll encounter plenty of natural wonders here including "wolf" trees over 200 years-old and beautiful forest streams. This area is a hidden gem and great for quiet contemplative walks and outings for families with smaller kids.

 

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Haseltine

Haseltine has only about 100 acres of forest but a lot of trail within it. The area has been loved by hikers and mountain bikers for decades and the trail system got a major upgrade after forest management activities in 2016. Trails here are moderate-difficult for hiking and cycling, with lots of roots, rocks, and punchy slopes. A fun spot for kids to climb on massive erratic boulders is at the end of the Rivendell trail, not far from the trailhead. To enter Haseltine, use one of the two trailhead parking areas on Austin Rd.

 

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Converse Woods

Converse Woods is one of our smaller areas and is good for easy hikes on wide and flat trails. The terrain is also ideal for Nordic skiers. To access this area use the trailhead parking on Pond Parish Rd.

 

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Joppa Hill

The Joppa Hill conservation area is jointly managed with Bedford and is accessed from the Joppa Hill Farm (on Joppa Hill Rd). Trails here are easy. They traverse forest and grasslands, providing a diversity of natural aesthetics and wildlife viewing opportunities. Sunrise hikes here can be something special.

 

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Lindabury Orchard

The orchard is an excellent place for a family picnic, birding, and short hikes. The area is composed of a retired apple orchard with hilltop views and wooded areas. Trails form short loops from the orchard into the forest and back. They are moderate difficulty with some steep sections. A cider festival is held here every autumn. To visit the orchard, use the small (2 car) pullout on Christian Hill Rd.

 

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Patch Hill

Patch Hill trails provide an opportunity to explore historic quarries. These trails are generally easy but have extended gradual slopes to climb and descend. The Patch Hill trail connects into conservation land of the same name in Milford. Access this area from trailhead parking on Lyndeborough Rd.

 

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Pond Parish and B&M Trail

Pond Parish is best known for its board walk and beaver pond – a great option for a family outing. For those seeking a longer route on foot or bike, the Pond Parish trail connects to a private trail across Pond Parish Rd that leads to Grater Woods, and the Josiah Parker trail connects across Baboosic Lake Rd to eventually meet the B&M trail. A spur from the Josiah Parker trail will take you to the "corn crib." You can access Pond Parish from trailhead parking lots on Spring Rd and Pond Parish Rd.

 

To download the Pond Parish trail map, CLICK HERE.


Buck Meadow

This is our newest area. Buck Meadow is a retired golf course and is being converted into a recreation and nature area in collaboration with  the Amherst Recreation Department. It is ideal for easy walks and Nordic skiing on our perimeter trail. Bird watching is excellent, especially near wetlands and the pond at the center of the property. Over time, a natural grassland will be restored and playing fields will be developed near the clubhouse. Access the area from a driveway on Rt. 101A near Siciliano's Landscaping. There is a large parking area at the end of the driveway.

 

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Oxbow

Oxbow is a small but interesting area to observe the meander of the Souhegan River over time. Keep an eye out for the various types of wildlife that use the river habitat.

 

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Atherton

The Atherton trail provides a bit of connectivity to the village. Try it out and see if it might make foot or bicycle travel a feasible way to get to Moulton's or visit a friend in the Village Green.

 

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Canoe Ports

The Conservation Commission maintains two canoe ports along the Souhegan River:

  • The first is on land owned by the Amherst Country Club, along Rt. 122, near the Souhegan River bridge. A narrow dirt driveway runs from the road to a small parking area by the river
  • The second ACC canoe port is on Boston Post Road, near the Souhegan River bridge

There is often poison ivy to be found at both canoe port locations. Avoid it!


Be Safe and Protect Nature

When on the trail please be safe and protect our conservation lands:

  • Tell someone where you're going if you're headed out alone
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Be considerate of other trail users
  • Carry out your trash (and what you find along the way)
  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of properly
  • Respect private property
  • Wear safety colors during hunting season
  • No fires
  • No motorized vehicles

Become a Trail Steward

Trail stewards are volunteers that:

  • Are trained by the ACC to maintain designated trails
  • Operate alone or in teams
  • Work whenever and how much they want

Become a steward today.