A view of the proposed Hawkins Brook Nature Trail boardwalk

Explore the Meredith Pathways and Historic Walks!

Summer is the perfect time to leave the car behind and get out for a walk or bike ride! Some of the best places to visit are those where you can park the car and not need it for the rest of your stay. We love towns that are easy to get around, especially by foot, and Meredith is one of the most pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly towns in NH. There are already some great pathways connecting the Village to many beautiful features of the Lakes Region, and now there is another nature trail in the works!

As part of the Greater Meredith Program, the Meredith Village Pathways Committee promotes walking and cycling by enhancing and expanding pathways that link together recreational, civic, and community destinations in the town. The Pathways Committee has published a map of five such pathways in Meredith, as well as the Meredith Village Historic Walking Map, which gives an overview of Meredith’s history and describes the historical sites along Main Street and the waterfront area.

The Meredith Pathways map features a color-coded guide to the five existing official pathways in town, and rates them on a difficulty level of easy, moderate, challenging, and more challenging.

  1. The Waukewan Beach Pathway (yellow) is a pleasant, moderate 0.8-mile walk to Waukewan Beach that starts at the Town Docks. The walk can be lengthened by 1 mile for those who would like a longer adventure. This walk includes Swasey Park, a peaceful 7-acre wooded park with waterfront on the Waukewan Canal, a picnic area, and great places to explore nature.
  2. The Water Street/Red Gate Lane Pathway (green) is a more challenging 1.5-mile walk. This path has limited sidewalks and sloping hills, and is suitable for biking. This walk also starts at Town Docks and follows the historic Waukewan Canal that flows from Lake Waukewan, then heads north up a gradual hill, and a town maintained dirt road. It joins the yellow path back to Town Docks.
  3. The Meredith Community Forest and Community Center Pathway (blue) is a moderate 0.6-mile sidewalk path to the Meredith Community Center. This path connects to the Meredith Community Forest, with trails for walking, mountain biking, etc. (A separate Trail Guide for the Meredith Community Forest is available at the Town ) The blue path continues ¼ mile past the forest to the Community Center.
  4. The Community Center/High School Track Loop (purple) is a 0.6-mile challenging walk from the Community Center to the Inter-Lakes High School track. The walk includes stairs and a footbridge to Prescott Park, a perimeter dirt road, a hillside and forest trail, and the HS track, where you can enjoy walking flat distances and a beautiful view!
  5. The Lakeshore Walking Path (red) is an easy 0.5-mile walk along the lakeshore. It starts at the Town Docks and follows the boardwalk north to Hesky Park with its bandstand deck, POW/MIA Memorial, and footbridge over the Waukewan Canal outlet. The pathway continues to a boardwalk on the waterside of the Inn at Bay Point, then a paved walkway into Scenic Park with its panoramic views of Meredith Bay, overlooking Indian Island to the Belknap Mountains. Extend the walk by following the Pleasant Street sidewalk for 1.1 miles, then return back.

 

The Meredith Pathways Committee has also proposed and designed a new walk, the Hawkins Brook Nature Trail, which will be a 0.5-mile, universally accessible pedestrian trail, featuring a viewing platform over looking the Hawkins brook wetland complex. It will include a boardwalk structure passing through the wetland, extending into a wooded trail and ending at Prescott Park. This new path will offer recreational and educational opportunities while connecting Meredith Village to Prescott Park, the Community Center, and the Inter-Lakes School Campus. After the Committee receives the DES permits, they will begin fundraising for the project, and hope to begin construction next spring.

The self-guided Historic Walking Map gives an overview of Meredith’s rich history and describes the historical sites along Main Street and the waterfront area. It also presents a pictorial history of Meredith. The Historic Walking Map is intended to be used by residents and visitors alike!

Both maps are available at the Meredith Historical Society, the kiosk outside the Meredith Historical Building, the Public Library, and Meredith Town Hall. For more information, please contact the Meredith Village Pathways Committee at meredithpathways@gmail.com or call the Greater Meredith Program at 603 279-0142.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Happy Trails!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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