On a gorgeous fall day last week I decided to take a walk on the Holt Trail, which is accessed off the Kulish Ledge Trail. Both of these gorgeous trails are found off Old Stoddard Road at a parking area approximately 3½ miles from the center of town.
On Monday, August 30, a barberry-pulling “festivity” took place at the Bailey Brook Trail on Old Stoddard Road in Nelson. It was organized by the Harris Center in conjunction with the Nelson Conservation Commission.
A two-minute video tour (with a music soundtrack) of the abundant waters of Bailey Brook after the mid-July rains.
On May 1 a group of volunteers made their way to the top of Hurd Hill to clear brush from previously felled trees, and to take down a few more, to make a better environment for blueberries - thus restoring what was once a popular berry picking location.
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Since the official opening of Partridge Woods in 2019, there have been more exciting developments on the property. In October of that year there were three named trails some four miles in length. This year the Nelson Trails Committee, working under the direction of the Nelson Conservation Commission, has added two new trails with an additional two miles of walking opportunities.
The old road to Dublin from Nelson is the oldest documented road in Nelson. The trail is an easy 1¼ miles long, stretching from Hardy Hill Road in Nelson south to Cricket Hill Road in Harrisville.
The Murdough Hill Meander Trail is an easy to moderate, 1.5 mile loop that treats the hiker to an early 19th century mill site, a wetland bordering Otter Brook with several species of river mammals, numerous water birds and quite a variety of wild flowers. Hikers get a glimpse of the Nelson School and the Munsonville Cemetery across the brook.