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Wales Preserve

You will pass several cascades and small waterfalls on this easy nature walk.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Snowshoeing Groomed cross-country skiing
1.20 miles, Network
Sharon (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt
Not Permitted


A 1.2 mile trail follows along the banks of the scenic Gridley River through a hemlock and northern hardwood foreest. As you walk the trail, you will pass a series of cascades and small waterfalls along the river. There are several large, flat rocks along the bank that protrude out into the river and falls which are lovely spots to enjoy the sounds of the river as it swiftly flows by. The trail follows along the river for quite a distance and then connects with a woodland loop trail. Between the rushing sounds of the river, the deep hemlock forest and banks of ferns and wildflowers, one feels very removed from the hectic pace of life in contemporary society. 

Trail Manager

The Nature Conservancy is a global non-profit conservation organization. Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire has been safeguarding our state's most precious natural resources since 1961, conserving 290,000 acres of forests and files and 680 miles of river and estuary shoreline. Our preserves are open for hiking, fishing, skiing, hunting, and wildlife viewing. Learn more at:

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
22 Bridge Street, 4th Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 224-5853
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If your bike tires make an indent on the trail surface, it is too wet to ride. Come back when the trails have dried out.
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Trailhead Information

From the intersection of 101 West and 202, take Route 202 South from Peterborough for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Sharon Road. Travel 2.85 miles. Here, the main road bends to left, and Spring Hill Road (paved) is straight ahead. Go straight onto Spring Hill Road. After 0.5 miles, the preserve will be on the right. Please park along the road.

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