Covering a little over one-half mile, Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook provides trail users with a view of the trees, wetlands and wildlife invisible to those on nearby Route 3 and Route 25. Near Inter-Lakes schools, the community center and downtown, it provides a route for trail users to leave the pavement but still get from Point A to B.
Starting at Prescott Park, the path follows a crushed stone trail through the pine and birch woods, followed by a 1,450 foot black locust boardwalk supported by helical piles that stretches along Hawkins Brook to a viewing platform overlooking the wetlands with its cattails, ferns, lily pads and ducks. There’s an outdoor classroom where students and visitors can sit on benches or stumps and study the local flora and fauna.
Trail users can return via the same route, or make a loop by following the sidewalks along Route 25 and Route 3 back to Prescott Park.
This trail is managed by Meredith Pathways and the Town of Meredith. For more information, contact:
Prescott Park Trailhead: The primary entrance is at Prescott Park in Downtown Meredith where there is ample parking. From the intersection of NH-25 and US-3 in downtown Meredith, follow US-3 north for 0.4 miles and Prescott Park will be on the right. Walk past the ball fields and the tennis courts and the kiosk and trail entrance will be on your right.
Meredith Village Savings Bank Trailhead: The only parking here is two handicapped spaces. Please do not park in the bank parking lot. You may park at any of the public lots and walk to this trailhead. To access this trailhead, cross at the cross walk to the northeast corner of Route 3 and Route 25 and follow the sidewalk beside Route 25 east towards Hannaford. Turn left just past the Seneca Ladd Building (also says "MVSB Commercial Lending") into to the parking lot and you will find the trail on your right just past the first few parking spaces.
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