Posted on September 3, 2018 and last updated on September 26, 2018

Town Forest Trail, Shapleigh

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: 1.6 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: difficult to find path
  • Sights: Harvested areas, woods

This is a good trail gone bad in my opinion, at least for the time being. The area had been heavily logged when I visited in 2018. The route, which begins off Route 11, starts off on a narrow, overgrown trail. This section is blazed, albeit it doesn’t appear to be well used. At roughly .4 miles, you come out on Great Hollow Road, which is a rough ATV/logging track. Here the going gets a bit tricky. Take a left on this road, and walk approximately .25 miles. Look very carefully for a faded green blaze on a tree on your right. There is a broken Healthy Walks sign behind it. If you come to a wider track on your right, you’ve gone a bit too far.

Once you find the path, you’ll be able to follow it by looking for the faded green blazes — they can be hard to see in spots. Eventually you’ll come out on the paved Town Farm Road. If you want to attempt the final leg of the one-way trail, you can cross Town Farm Road to another logged area. When I visited, someone had tied up pink tags on a few trees, but it was still difficult to find the way. And also a little sad, since the area has been so aggressively harvested.

If you want to swim after, there’s a pretty public beach on Square Pond. I’ve marked the place to park with a XX tag.

Directions: The best place to pick up the trail is on Route 11, rather than from the trailheads off Square Pond Road.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!