Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook

With trailheads beside Meredith Village Saving Bank and near the tennis courts at Prescott Park, this universally accessible walkway winds through the wetlands at the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking
Length
1.2 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Meredith (NH)
Surface
Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

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.

Other Information

Trail Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the trail
  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Carry in, carry out
  • Foot traffic and mobility devices only
  • No fires, fireworks, smoking
  • Leaves plants, animals and the environment undisturbed
  • Walk your bikes
  • Leash and clean up after pets

Trail Manager

This trail is managed by Meredith Pathways and the Town of Meredith. For more information, contact:

 

Meredith Pathways

Meredith Pathways
5 Highland Street
Meredith, NH 03253
Phone: (603) 677-4228
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Meredith Conservation Commission

Meredith Conservation Commission
5 Highland Street
Meredith, NH 03253
conservation@meredithnh.org
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Lakes Region Conservation Trust

Lakes Region Conservation Trust
PO Box 766

Center Harbor, NH 03226
Phone: 603-253-3301
lrct@lrct.org
View website

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Trailhead Information

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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