The following is from the back side of the old Musquash Conservation Area trail map. Visit Leach Library or Macks Apples for a free hard copy of the newest updated version.
The term Musquash comes from the Algonquin word for muskrat. Today it describes a forest block of over 900 acres in the western part of Londonderry. The area is made up of forested, rolling hills dotted with wetland areas that provide natural habitat for moose, deer, beaver, and painted and Blanding’s turtles to name just a few species. This landscape also provides an enjoyable place for outdoor recreation for the citizens of the area.
The Musquash Conservation Area was established in 1979 to meet the goals of preserving wildlife habitat, developing recreational opportunities, and establishing an active forest management program. Recent purchases of land and the acquisition of donated easements continue to expand the potential of the conservation area. There are four major trail sections, for a total of 7.6 miles of marked and managed trails. The area is an important link in the town’s green infrastructure and as such, is the focus of open space planning efforts.
Musquash trails are maintained by Londonderry Trailways, volunteers who organize seasonal work days to construct and keep up trails. The Londonderry Conservation Commission carries out a forest management plan with the help of a licensed forester. The conservation area is open to hunters and snowmobiles, but is closed to all motorized vehicles.
Trail Head parking is at the end of Hickory Hill Drive. For even more detailed directions, browse the map below.