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February 2019 Schedule
Join us for the following February hikes. Meet at 10 am at each of the hiking sites.
February 5th: Sugar River Trail in Newport. Leaders: Leon and Valerie Davey 843-8615
Directions: Take Rt.11 entering Newport at the green turn right, and take Rt.10N. After Richard's Library on left, turn left onto Belknap Street and go past Hodge Podge knitting store. Turn right into Irving Oil and Park in the rear by the trailhead. Lunch will be at Salt Hill Pub in the center of town.
February 12th: Hike or snowshoe Great Brook Trail/Cocoa’s Path or walk the road. Leaders: Jim and Brenda Knight, 277-9306.
Directions from center of New London: North Pleasant St. north past the bank. Continue down the hill, past Pingree Road, to the trail parking lot just before sharp curve onto Lake Shore Road. We will return to Joe and Joy Kubit’s home (526-6678) at 229 Barrett Road for lunch.
February 19th NOTE CHANGE: Hike or snowshoe trails at The Fells, 456 Route 103A. Leader: Jane Birk, 860-676-1156
Directions from New London round-about: Parking at the Fells is limited so we will meet at Bubba’s parking lot in Newbury Harbor. Take County Road south (103A) 8 miles to Newbury Harbor. Turn right on 103W. Bubba’s is on your left. Park in the back and we will car pool to the Fells. Please arrive early as we will leave there at 10:00. We will return to Bubba’s for lunch.
February 26th: Hike or snowshoe Morris Trail, Kelsey Fields, Colby Sawyer College. Leader: Jane Birk 860-676-1156
Directions from New London: On Main Street at the First Baptist Church, turn south on Seamans Road, continue behind the College and turn right at Mercer Field to the K Parking Lot. We will meet at the very end of the lot and walk across the Seamans to the trail head. Buffet lunch ($8) to follow at the college dinner hall located on the lower level of Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Union Building.
March 5: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Leaders: John & Judy Reisch, 603 443-3780.
Directions from New London: Follow Interstate 89 North into Vermont. Take Exit #1 and then follow Route 4 West (13 miles) into Woodstock, Vermont. After entering Woodstock Village, bear right onto Route 12 North. Cross the iron bridge over the Ottauquechee River, bear right onto River Road and take the first right into the parking area at the Billings Farm and Museum. We will snow shoe in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Admission to the National Park trail is free. We will snow shoe along Mountain Road to the Pogue Loop and take the loop around the pond. We will then follow Mountain Road back to Billings Farm. Lunch at Ruth's Table -- 61 Central St., Woodstock, VT.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Winter conditions are unpredictable! To be prepared bring ALL necessary equipment in your car including boots, snowshoes, ice walkers, XC skis, poles and even an extra hat, gloves and scarf. That way you will be warm and ready to meet any challenge that awaits. HAPPY TRAILS!
March 2019 Schedule
Please be prepared to enjoy the trail whatever the conditions! Wintry? or Springlike? A savvy ORFS knows this season can still be snow, ice or mud and brings assorted equipment just in case! Meet us each Tuesday at 10.00 AM for:
March 5th: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Leaders: John & Judy Reisch, 603-443-3780
DIRECTIONS from New London: Follow Interstate 89 North into Vermont. Take Exit #1 and then follow Route 4 West (13 miles) into Woodstock, Vermont. After entering Woodstock Village, bear right onto Route 12 North. Cross the iron bridge over the Ottauquechee River, bear right onto River Road and take the first right into the parking lot at the Billings Farm and Museum. We will snowshoe in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Admission to the trails is free. We will snowshoe along Mountain Rd. to Pogue Loop and take the loop around the pond, then follow Mountain Rd. back to Billings Farm. Lunch at Ruth's Table---61 Central St. Woodstock, VT.
March 12th: Knight's Hill Nature Park in New London. Leaders, John & Christa Hill, 603-973-222-1501
DIRECTIONS: In New London, take a right off the rotary onto County Rd. Proceed a mile past the hospital until you see the entrance sign to Knight's Hill on your left and turn into the parking area. Enjoy the gentle loops before driving over to the Colby Sawyer College dining hall located on the lower level of Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Union Building, The ample (all you can eat) buffet is only $8.
March 19th: Fisher Field Park in Newbury. Leader: Gene Stanphill, 603-748-5633
DIRECTIONS: From New London, take Rt. 11 West. After passing under I-89, Exit 12, turn left onto Rt. 103 A by the Park & Ride and continue into Newbury harbor. Turn left at the intersection of Rt. 103 and go about 300 yards to Old Post Rd. which veers left uphill. Keep going until you see the sign for Fisher Field Park and parking area on your left. Explore the trails that extend from the park's center. Lunch following at Bubba's in Newbury harbor.
March 25th: Pleasant Lake loop, Elkins. Leader: Neil Wallace, 603-748-4479
DIRECTIONS: From intersection of Rts. 11 and 114 in New London, turn left onto Rt. 11 and continue downhill until you see the sign for Elkins on your left. Follow Elkins Rd., past town beach and post office on your left until you reach #346 on your right that sits back from the road. Park in his long driveway or where there is room. We will walk around the lake which is 6 miles or as far as you choose. Neil will circle the group to offer a lift if needed. Bring your own complete lunch to eat in his house afterward.
April 2nd: Sugar River Trail, Kelleyville to Claremont. Leaders: Bill & Kathy Coombs, 603-309-0228
DIRECTIONS: From New London, take Rt. 11 through Newport toward Claremont. Around 4 miles, turn left onto Chandler Mills Road just before Kelleyville bridge opposite Blood Car sign on right. Go about 2 miles to parking area on right. You have the opportunity to walk through 3 covered bridges! Hike as long as you want before meeting for lunch at Imperial Chinese Buffet in Claremont.