Nelson Trails Explores Cobb Hill

by on December 5, 2011 in Hikes and Nature, Recreation
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Nelson and Harrisville Trails Committees and friends at the David Marshal home site.

The Nelson Trails Committee is exploring Cobb Hill on the line between Nelson and Harrisville with the hope of laying out a network of trails. Several ancient roads and a Harris Center trail provide a good starting point.  There are a number of early cellar holes in what was originally the southeast corner of Nelson. There should be circular walking routes available from both towns. The Harrisville and Nelson Trails Committees are working jointly on the project.

The committees have walked the territory on two separate hikes covering about five miles in the process. Sunday, December 4th saw thirteen committee members and friends from both towns assemble at the end of Nelson’s Nubanusit Road for an afternoon’s exploration of Cobb Hill. The temperatures were in the forties; there was a brisk, cold wind on the high ridge and a skim of ice on some of the puddles in the road.

Dressed in bright colors for the last day of deer season, the group followed old roads past the site of David Marshall’s home (1776) to a Harris Center trail up the side of Cobb Hill and a lookout with views of Lake Skatutake and Mount Monadnock to the south. From there it was a short bushwhack to the summit of Cobb Hill at 1868’. With leaves off the trees, there were views to the north and south through trees stunted by exposure to years of wind and cold. The group worked its way west and south over the high ground to return to the old road and return to the cars.

There is plenty on Cobb to interest walkers: old roads, cellar holes, scenic views  and numerous blueberry bushes that will make good snacking in season.



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