37 Pleasant Street | New London, NH | 603.526.6368

ORFS Schedules

Steve Priest’s latest book, Outdoor Play Hiking New Hampshire’s Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway: 75 Miles on a Fourteen Trail Loop, was just released. The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge-Greenway (SKRG) Trail is a hidden gem of New England. Outdoor Steve’s goal is to share each step and strategy of this hiking journey across the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Steve recommends the eBook. (Amazon.com/gp/product/B08MDN1S16). The ebook has videos of Steve’s personal experiences on each of the fourteen trails. The videos make the hikes “come alive” and include many of his fellow COA ORFS (Outdoor Recreation for Seniors.) The book is also available in paperback at the Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, NH. Some folks call outdoor experiences “play.” If “play” is defined as the choice made to take a course of action based on the rewards of participation and getting a perspective that can only come from ‘doing,’ then outdoor adventures are play. Many adults and children do not play enough.“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go Outdoors.” For more of Steve’s outdoor guidebooks and documentary videos, visit OutdoorSteve.com and Outdooradventurers.blogspot.com.

The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday and Thursday year-round at 10am. In the summer we kayak/canoe, swim and hike. In the fall we hike, and in the winter we snowshoe and cross-country ski. Our trips are from 1-1/2 to 2 hours, followed by lunch. ORFS is a very informal group and participation is for all outdoor enthusiasts wanting guaranteed good exercise with a friendly fun group. Join in on the fun. Hikes will depart promptly at 10am.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be notified of a cancellation by 8:00am on Tuesday for the Tuesday ORFS group by e-mail from the leader of the week who is responsible for that decision. A rain date may occur at a future date if the monthly coordinator can substitute and reschedule activities. Please keep checking coachapincenter.org for the current ORFS event schedule and any changes.

If you are an ORFS participant and would like the monthly ORFS schedule emailed to you, please contact COA at 526-6368.



June 1st - Hike or Kayak Lake Massasecum - Bradford, NH

Leader: Gene Stanphill (603 938 5683) Cell: 359 0822

Walkers are asked to park on highway and will be informed as to where to hike.

Directions: From New London take Route 114 /south into Bradford. Continue until you see the lake on your left past Used Book sign You will see a small parking area and the put in on your left. Kayakers unload there and park upon the highway. Bring lunch to eat together at picnic area on the right side of the lake.

June 8th - Hike and Kayak Bradley Lake in Andover, NH

Leader: Gene Stanphill (603 938 5683) Cell: 359 0822

Directions: From New London take Route 11 east to Andover. Just before the gas station turn right on Lawrence St. In a short distance turn right on Bradley Road which will take you to the lake put in. Bring lunch and chair.

June 15th - Hike Clark Pond Trail and Kayak Messer Pond, New London, NH

Leader: Jim Harris, (603) 877-0254, Cell (603) 748-7244

Directions: From Main Street, New London at the traffic signal turn on to South Pleasant Street. At the stop sign turn left on Old Main Street then a quick right on to Bog Road. Continue to the put in for Messer Pond on the right. Kayakers park on right side of the Bog Road at the put in. Hikers park just down the road on the left at the trail head. Bring lunch and a chair.

June 22nd - Hike and Kayak Mascoma River

Trip leaders: John & Judy Reisch

John cell: 603-443-3780, Judy cell: 401-573-3949

Directions: Interstate 89 to exit 17. Follow Route 4 East for 6.0 miles toward Canaan. After passing Blackwater Road and the Enfield/Canaan town line, turn right into the parking area and put in. Walkers please park along the side of Route 4 to allow kayakers to park close to the put in.

June 29th Hike or Kayak Otter Pond, New London, NH

Leader: Jim Harris, (603) 877-0254, Cell (603) 748-7244

Directions: From New London take Route 11 to Otterville Road on your right.

Bring lunch and chair to eat at the home of Margie Carley, 490 Otterville Road. Home: (603) 763-1895, Cell: (503) 819-9258. She will provide some drinks and desert. Please observe the NO PARKING signs on the right side of Otterville Road.


Hiking and kayaking will depart at 10 am each Tuesday from the scheduled location. We request that everyone wear their life jackets while kayaking.

Kayak Leaders: John & Judy Reisch Home phone: 603-523-2734

John’s cell phone: 603-443-3780 Judy’s cell phone: 401-573-3949

Hiking Leaders TBD

July 6 – McDaniel’s Marsh in Springfield, NH Lots of lily pads and wildlife including loons, herons, and red winged blackbirds. Walkers meet at put in and explore rural roads from there. Directions: From New London, take Rt. 114 North past Springfield library and continue to go ½ mile to George Hill Rd. where you turn right. Go about 2 miles and you will see the dam and parking area on your right. Bring chair and lunch to eat together by the water.

July 13 – Grafton Pond in Enfield, NH Lots of loons and hopefully baby loons. This wilderness pond has only a couple of houses around it, and it is one of our favorite paddling places! Bring lunch in kayaks to eat on rock island or return and have lunch along the lake near the launch site. Nice hiking is available along dirt roads in the area. Directions: From New London take route 114 North through Springfield Center to 4 Corners Rd. Turn right at the Town Meeting House and go to Bowman Rd. Turn left and proceed until you reach Rte. 4A North (which is a left turn). Just past Enfield town line, turn right on Grafton Pond Road. Bear right and keep going until you see the dam on the left and park.

July 20 – Goose Pond in Canaan, NH Kayak or hike around Goose Pond and then bring your lunch to John and Judy’s at 876 Goose Pond Road. Park along the left side of the road before the house. Judy will provide a variety of flavors of her famous homemade ice-cream for dessert. Bring your bathing suit and towel if you would like to swim at our private beach after lunch. Directions: Take I-89 North to exit 17. Turn right onto Rte. 4 East and follow for 7.1 miles. Shortly after passing Mascoma High School and Pleasant Valley Store, turn left onto Goose Pond Rd. and follow 5.2 miles to the boat launch. Note that Goose Pond Road has a sharp left turn in the road past the dam. Turn left at the fork with Talbert Hill Rd.

July 27 -- Mascoma Lake in Enfield, NH A beautiful large lake with a nice picnic area near the launch site. Bring lunch to eat near the boat launch area. Hiking is available on rail trail along the lake. Directions: From New London, take Route 89 North to Exit 17. Right onto Route 4 East. Right onto Route 4a South. Cross the bridge in the middle of the lake to the parking area and put-in.

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