The proposed "Ravine Trail" is a 1.4 mile ADA Interpretive trail that would skirt the eastern perimeter of Kennett High School and along the edge of a ravine filled with old-growth hemlock, known locally as the "Cold Brook Fjord." The 1.4-mile section of new trail would connect the northern end of the existing Conway Rec Path along the Saco River up to the high school playing fields, Route 302, and Redstone Village to the north.
Work is expected to take 4-6 weeks to complete.
Background & History
The Pine Hill Community Forest is a 460-acre tract of undeveloped woods and wetlands surrounding Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire. Situated between Route 16 to the west, Route 302 to the east, and the Saco River to the south, the Community Forest land is a "conservation keystone" for the entire Mt. Washington Valley that borders the White Mountain National Forest. The vision for the Community Forest is to serve as a community resource for enhancing recreational opportunities, fostering educational spaces, protecting unique natural resources, and preserving access to open space for all in perpetuity.
With immense support from the local community, the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT) acquired the Pine Hill Community Forest in 2018. Since then, USVLT has formed a local advisory committee to guide the ongoing stewardship and vision for the land. The Pine Hill Management Committee is made up of representatives from USVLT, the Conway School District, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, the Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association, and other community members. Central to the Committee’s work has been developing a multi-use recreation plan for the property.
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