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Peterborough

The birth of a trail

Trail’s visionaries lead first group on 1-mile loop on former farmland

  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.
  • A small group of hikers and snowshoers try out the new mile-long trail recently constructed at the end of Evans Road in Peterborough.

Months of hard work have culminated in the first guided hike along the Evans Flats trail, a mile-long loop built this fall.

In August, Swift Corwin and Richard Pendleton of the Peterborough Conservation Commission went before the Peterborough Select Board and Conservation Commission seeking permission to cut a trail starting at the Evans Road cul-de-sac.

The two wanted to create a public trail that was easily accessible from the center of town, said Pendleton in an interview Sunday, shortly before leading a group of residents on the first guided hike through the trail. After receiving the OK from the town, the two, along with multiple other volunteers, spent several months removing small growth and understory brush to create a 3-foot wide hiking trail.

Not too long ago, the woods the trail goes through was farmland, said Corwin, evidenced by some old farm equipment and old granite fence lines, which are still visible from the trail. Now, the area is filled with young growth of white pine, and is home to a variety of wildlife, including woodcock, turkey, coyote and deer.

Craig Fraley, John Kerrick, Dan Tremblay of Broadoak Tree Service in Peterborough, Jamie Trowbridge and family, Corwin’s son, Swifty Corwin, Blair Granam, Bill Janoch and Tim Iwanowicz all donated their time to clear the trail.

The trail, marked by blue markers, travels a mostly flat 1-mile loop, said Swift Corwin, with an option to cut the loop in half and take a half-mile hike. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.

The land is owned by the Town of Peterborough, and is managed by the Conservation Commission. It is in current use.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com.

She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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