A short hike to a hidden gem

Dec 10, 2011 No Comments by

Looking for a pleasant, easy hike or bike ride for your family, close to Londonderry? 20 minutes away, just outside of Manchester, Tower Hill Pond is a beautiful 202 acre pond, encircled by trails. This place has somewhat of a wilderness feel, because it’s only accessible by hiking trails. With a leafy canopy hanging over wide, well-maintained gravel paths, mostly level terrain and almost constant water views, this is a great place to walk the dog, or cruise with your mountain bike. If you walk, plan on it taking 70-90 minutes, depending on pace.

For anglers, the large man-made pond also holds brook, rainbow and brown trout, as well as some very healthy yellow perch. The pond is one of the several places in Rockingham County that is managed year ‘round for the taking of trout (see the list from NH Fish & Game). It’s the perch here that will keep kids quite entertained, and the pond has plenty of shore-bank fishing opportunities.

There is a long rock embankment dam at the south end, and when I was here it was being hammered by a brisk wind, with white caps boiling down the length of the pond. This is a prime place for an autumn walk, with long views of gunmetal blue water framed in fall’s glowing hues.

Tower Hill Pond is part of the drainage area for Massabesic Lake, and is part of Manchester’s public water supply, thus falling under the Water Department rules. No wading, or swimming is permitted (see Rules). Without power boats, this is an excellent place to paddle a kayak or canoe, though with that 10 minute walk in, you’ll be happiest if you use a portage cart.

To get here from Londonderry, take 93N to 101E. Get off at Exit 2, taking a right at the end of the ramp towards Auburn/Chester on Rte 121. Then, take your first left (just after Holiday’s Bar & Grill) onto Rte 27/ Old Candia Rd. About a half mile in, look for Tower Hill Road on the left. Head 0.4 mi up this dirt road, you’ll see gated trail accesses on the left; simply park alongside the road.

Links:

Map to trail entrance

Lake Massabesic Watershed info

Outdoors

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A Londonderry native, Andy grew up on the family farm and loves everything New Hampshire. Currently working as production director for a group of radio stations in central NH, he can also be heard afternoons on 93.3 The Wolf (country). Andy writes and consults for artists, local businesses and charities, and spends his spare time fishing New Hampshire's waters.
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