New Trail Network Open in Manchester
As part of the ongoing implementation of Manchester's Open Space Plan, a network of non-motorized trails in Manchester is now open to the public. The trails were developed under the direction of Manchester's Long Range Planning Committee and Conservation Commission. The trails are located within the 708-acre Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest, which is owned and managed by the New England Forestry Foundation.
Trailhead parking is located at the North Manchester Meeting House on Scribner Hill Rd. A kiosk, built by Eagle Scout candidate Philip Harrington, marks the trailhead and provides information for trail users.
Cross country skiers and showshoers will find hilly terrain and some challenging routes. While there are some trails suitable for beginners, most of the trails are geared more for intermediate to advanced users. The trails are not groomed, and in some places there may be wet spots, rough patches, or other hazards. In summer walkers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders are welcome to use the trails. It is estimated that there are about four miles of trails open for use, with more being planned. A map is posted at the kiosk, and signs on the trails will help users find their way.
Some of the trails cross or merge with existing snowmobile trails which are maintained by the Manchester Country Riders. Users are cautioned to always be alert and yield to snowmobiles. In addition users are reminded that the Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest is a working forest, and occasionally logging operations may close some trails. This winter the New England Forestry Foundation plans to thin the several red pine plantations within the forest, which may impact some of the trails.