It was a perfect winter day in the woods.
When the days get shorter, the bugs begin to disappear, and the temperatures cool, as a family we like to head into the woods. We pack our snacks and water and head out on the gravel road. Today we will be taking a back road that connects to the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail.
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.