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Mason, Greenville, NH
Easy walking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife, great for kids.
What a delight to see that the Potter trail is being extended. And beautifully so. Kudos to the group who cleared this trail. It is well thought out with better signage to come, hopefully. Great for an easy walk through a beautiful area. Right now, very wet, but should be fantastic when it dries a bit.
Previously this trail area was explored and blogged, before the extension. https://mikicc.org/2020/03/06/potter-trail/
What an unexpected experience.
It is recommended that, unless you have tall mud boots, you hold off til we dry out a bit. Though the sound of babbling brooks is delightful.
Sadly, Beech bark disease is rampant. A study is being done in the area.
More information on Beech bark disease may be found here: https://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2021/07/beechbarkdisease
Most of the trail is free from rocks and roots. I would love to bring my old mares out here! This is the only rock to navigate.
Look at this quartz. Wow.
There are signs of wildlife everywhere, and as the weather warms the area will come alive with amphibians of all sorts as well as other creatures who have left their calling card.
Lots of interesting trees.
We got misplaced as some of the trails are still a work in progress. We came across a camp area. Not sure if we were off trail or not.
and skirted along a beautiful stonewall, there are lots in this area, which bounded a wildlife protection zone, complete with a deer stand. Go figure.
The swamps and ponds are beautiful. I saw a Mallard drake, but he hid behind the downed tree before I could get a good shot of him.
There are many beautiful areas. The trails that are complete are wide and smooth. Care has been taken to highlight the many scenic areas.
We did get misplaced. The maps are sometimes hard to interpret. There are a couple of versions and I hope to add way points to my map to perhaps make it more interpretive. The first, needs a bit more resolution. I had to trace with a pen and it cuts off the Greenville section.
The second is the map on the trail. While it looks like a seahorse, at times it got us lost. Be sure and consult your compass for N. They are pretty though.
My version will be updated as progress out there continues. We plan to frequent the Potter trails as they are close to home and fun to explore. This small group of Mason volunteers is doing a great job.
Highly recommend you explore this gem. For more info be sure and check out https://mikicc.org/2020/03/06/potter-trail/