There's so much going on in the Upper Valley Area, why not simplify your plans with our top pick for the upcoming week?
Two choices for this Weekend, Day or Night!
Night Hike at Balch Hill Natural Area
Hosted by the Hanover Conservancy
Saturday, February 16th 7-8:30, Admission Free
The moon will be almost full and the views from the top of Balch Hill should be amazing! Standing in the reclaimed apple orchard, looking across the valley, you can see the lights of Hanover and the Connecticut River. In the moonlight it is a magical experience and not to be missed. A layer of snow, along with the owls that come out only at night, can make the hike through the woods to the top feel like you are in another world. People often hike the trails during the day, but a chance to see the moon and view at night is pretty special. Although the hike level is easy, the Hanover Conservancy recommends bringing warm layers of clothing, a head lamp and microspikes if it is icy.
The Balch Hill Natural Area is a beautiful piece of conserved land. When you are hiking it, it's hard to believe it's so near Hanover. The main entrance to the trails is identified by a kiosk and located at the intersection of Grasse Rd & Trescott Rd. There is parking there also.
You can read more about the Balch HIll Natural Area here and find out more about the Hanover Conservancy here. We recommend joining if you haven't already, especially if you are new to the area. And get on their mailing list, they often host last minute, weather dependent, 'pop up' hikes that are a lot of fun. It's a great way to get to know all the wonderful wild places in the area and meet other people who love the outdoors too!
Skate-A-Thon at Lake Morey
Hosted by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance
Sunday, February 17th 10-3, Admission by donation
Here's a chance to skate on the longest groomed skating trail in the United States in the beautiful setting of Lake Morey. Admission includes hot cocoa, lunch from Boloco, free skate rental (note there is a limited supply so get there on the dot to be sure to get yours) and, of course, all the skating your heart desires. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes.
For tickets and more information on the event click here (but you can also buy them on the day at the Lake Morey Resort).
Your donations will go to support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. You can read about the work they do in our area here and get on their mailing list to hear about future events.