Antrim / Bennington

Outdoor guide to detail area trails

Booklet also includes swimming, fishing

A 64-page outdoor guide will take nature-lovers to some favorite spots and some hidden gems in Antrim, Bennington and Hancock.

The booklet is the second edition of the Antrim Bennington Lions Club Outdoor Guide that describes key nature destinations, including the Harris Center for Conservation Education. The booklet will also include maps of all the parks, forests, trails and rivers in Antrim and Bennington, as well as Crotched Mountain accessible trails and the path of the Contoocook River. The booklet will include hand-drawn maps by Virginia Dickinson of Antrim and small drawings by students at the Great Brook School.

The free guide features local hiking trails, swimming spots, biking trails and information on fishing, boating, camping, star gazing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and geocaching. The booklet also contains a natural calendar that includes entries such as when blueberries are ripe when yearly meteor showers occur.

The booklet, which will be available later this week, includes more than 35 sponsors as well a donation from the Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. According to Lions Club member and booklet project initiator, Richard Loveland of Antrim, 9,000 copies of the booklet will divided among all the sponsors who will then distribute the booklets at their businesses, including Monadnock Paper Mills. The rest of the booklets will be available at the Antrim and Bennington town halls and public libraries. Loveland said the booklet is a product of the Capital Offset Company, a division of Puritan Press located in Hollis.

According to Loveland, it took the Antrim Bennington Lions Club four years to put together the guide, which is also available online at

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