Snowshoeing In Beaver Brook, NH: Feb 2021

Updated: Aug 20

'When in Rome do as the Romans' is my moto this winter. Since we will be staying in NH this winter and not traveling to sunny and warm Palm Desert, CA we are committed to getting outside and enjoying the snow. The recent snowstorms provided plenty of ground cover and perfect conditions for snowshoeing. We found a place close by located in Hollis called Beaver Brook.

Welcome poster at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

The conditions were perfect: no crowds, vert little foot traffic since it was >24 hours after the storm and temperature in the low 30s.

Wide slightly groomed snowshoeing trails at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

Beaver Brook Association was established by cousins Hollis Nichols and Jeff Smith in 1964 as a nonprofit land conservation and environmental education organization.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

Today it is one of the largest land trusts and nature based learning centers in southern New Hampshire and neighboring Massachusetts.

Snow on evergreen branches in Beaver Brook in Hollis Conservation Lands New Hampshire  

For today's trek we started out by following Beaver Brook Trail to Elkins Road Trail. The trails were mostly flat with occasional short uphill sections.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

At the end of Elkins Road we followed the Eastman Meadow Trail toward Spatterdock Pond. There must be a few frustrated beavers around here. This tree trunk was at least 12 inches in diameter and despite their best efforts it was still standing.

Beavers unsuccessful at cutting down tree in Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

Looking across Spatterdock Pond where we had the option to continue on East Meadow or follow Beaver Brook trail around the pond and head back to the park entrance.

Spatterdock Pond in Beaver Brook in Hollis Conservation Lands New Hampshire

At the footbridge over the Beaver Brook we chose to follow Beaver Brook Trail.

Beaver Brook bridge in Beaver Brook in Hollis Conservation Lands New Hampshire

In the wetlands area we had to cross several small streams.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire
Crossing wetlands while snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

A few brave souls trusted the ice and took a shortcut across the pond.

Spatterdock Pond in Beaver Brook in Hollis Conservation Lands New Hampshire

More water crossings.

Crossing stream while Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire
Snow covering evergreen branch at Beaver Brook Conservations Lands in Hollis new Hampshire

The conservation group does a great job managing the over 35 miles of trails on the 2,187 acres of protected land.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

We completed 3.6 miles of the trails for this outing so with any luck we'll get more snow and head back to check out the other areas.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire
Snowshoeing at Beaver Brook Conservation Lands in Hollis New Hampshire

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