April 1, 2020

Dear friends,
In support of the directives issued by the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire asking their citizens to stay at home and in direct response to the request of the Director of Emergency Management in Hollis to help to control crowds that could lead to an increase in the spread of the virus, Effective immediately the Beaver Brook hiking trails in Hollis, Brookline,
and Milford are closed to the public until further notice.
We certainly regret the need to do so. In normal times we welcome all visitors to explore the trails at Beaver Brook; but these are obviously not normal times. We have been advised that the unusually large crowds of people who have flocked to the Ridge Road, Wildlife Pond, and Diamond Casting trailheads have posed a greater risk of transmission and placed an additional
burden on Hollis’ already short-staffed rescue personnel. At a time in this pandemic when the need for their services is expected to increase dramatically over the next two weeks we cannot risk their being called to render aid to a hiker.
We apologize for encouraging you to come here to hike when it has rapidly become inadvisable to do so. Physical activity like hiking and immersion in nature are and always will be therapeutic and good for body and soul, but doing so at this time should not be allowed to contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus. The trails will still be ahead of us when
this pandemic is behind us. Thank you for understanding the responsibility of Beaver Brook to do our part to slow the spread and thank you for doing yours.

Thom Davies
Volunteer Executive Director
Beaver Brook Association

 

 

The Beaver  Brook office at Maple Hill Farm is located 1 mile off of Rt. 122 in Hollis NH.  Beaver Brook trails may be accessed from several different public roads.

 

READ OUR COVID-19 POLICY HERE.

35 miles of trails to enjoy, 12 theme gardens at Maple Hill Farm and programs for all ages year round.

map & guides

Beaver Brook Association is comprised of 2,187 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands in Hollis, Brookline, and Milford, New Hampshire. The land lies where the southern transitional forest meets the northern hardwood forest, creating a diverse landscape of interest to the naturalist and the hiker alike.

dog policy

Dogs are welcome at Beaver Brook, but must be leashed at all times and kept under control by their owner. There are no exceptions to this rule and enforcement will be referred to the Hollis Police Department. Beaver Brook is a carry-in and carry-out facility and this pertains to cleaning up after dogs and taking the waste home for proper disposal.

Trail users are encouraged to stay on marked trails leaving the land, wildlife and plant life undisturbed.

Directions

Head north on NH Route 3. Take Exit 6, then turn left onto Broad Street/Route 130. Drive approximately 6 miles. Bear right at the fork and travel to the set of lights in Hollis. Turn left at the lights onto Route 122 South. Drive approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Ridge Road. The Brown Lane Barn entrance is approximately .7 miles on the right. Continue .25 miles on Ridge Road to reach the Maple Hill Farm (117 Ridge Road). The Beaver Brook office is in this building.

Maple Hill Gardens

The Maple Hill Gardens, located at Beaver Brook Association, in Hollis, New Hampshire, are open to the public for daily viewing. The gardens are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the Maple Hill Gardeners. Optimum time for viewing the gardens is from April through…

Facility Rentals

Bring your group to Beaver Brook Association and experience nature firsthand. We have meeting rooms and classroom space to accommodate groups from small to large. We can provide customized environmental programs to enhance your day’s event. Come out and discover nature in our beautiful relaxing setting!

STROLLER FRIENDLY HIKES

We recommend jog strollers or child carriers on the trails. Also obtain a map on this website or at the kiosk near trailheads.

1) At Maple Hill Farm 117 Ridge Road –the Gardens and the Wildflower trail are accessible by rugged stroller.

2) Parking at the lot on route 130 across from Diamond Castings, the Beaver Brook trail is accessible and flat for a while.

3) Park at the Wildlife Pond parking lot on Route 130, (route 130 1.7 miles west of route 122). Take “Dam Road” –it has one his but is feasible for a strong parent and a rugged stroller and will bring you to the big Wildlife Pond.

4) The Potanipo Rail trail accessed on West Hollis Street is flat and will lead you to a large “Great Meadow” wetland. There is a large parking lot here near the junction of Worcester Road and West Hollis Road and adjacent to the Nissitissit River.