Springtime in New England always offers chance days of sunny days that aren’t too cold but aren’t quite hot. May perfectly captures those days (along with lots of much needed rain!) and we can’t help but enjoy it outside. This month we went for a hike over at Casalis State Forest here in Peterborough and can’t wait to share with you.
The trailhead is located right off route 123, about an 8 minute drive from the hotel, with a lot to park in. Dogs are welcome on leash. You can pick up the trail here and be treated to a lovely view of a pond and wetlands right off the bat. Yes, you might catch a fish and in addition to a variety of water fowl, keep an eye out for snapping turtles here – we’ve seen a large one in the past!
After the pond continue right at the trail junction to a brook flows through the property. The trail there is a great spot to walk alongside it and enjoy the sound of the water flowing.
A large tree had fallen right next to the trail, covered in mushrooms that we couldn’t resist taking a picture of.
Walking along the brook gave us some really beautiful views. Thankfully we’ve had quite a bit of rain lately, so the stream was flowing! These spots especially were lovely.
The trail inclines after the brook, heading up against the hillside to loop back around to the other side. About a 3 mile trail, Casalis State Forest is a peaceful spot for a generally easy, family-friendly hike. AllTrails has a good map of the loop here.
If you’re looking to enjoy a day in Peterborough hiking, head up to Casalis State Forest for a morning’s trek. Afterwards, you can stop by Rosalys’ Garden for some fresh organic veggies or berries on the way back to 101 or grab a bite downtown. If your Casalis adventure has you wanting to stay a bit longer, head over to the Jack Daniels Motor Inn and we can help!