Located on the West side of Peterborough nestled between McDowell Lake and and the Boston University Sargent Camp sits a 109 acre parcel of land that used to belong to Hiroshi Hayashi, a former successful restauranteur and chef in town.
Now under the management of The Harris Center conservation super sanctuary, Peterborough has yet another great new trail to enjoy. The 1.9 mile long Hiroshi loop trail is an easy, scenic and serene walk through dense mature forests along nearly 2/3 of a mile of the Nubanusit River (yes, the same river that flows past Little River B&B).
I walked the loop this past summer with a friend of mine and we could see the potential in this trail. It truly is beautiful, however, it is very buggy during the “wetter season”. We were all sprayed up but the skeeters were not deterred and we spent much of the time swinging our arms in the air and running through the trail.
I decided this trail would be much better suited for the fall when the colors were vibrant and the bugs were not. My assumption was correct. Paula and I walked the trail last week (October 4th) and the trail truly shined!
After parking in the open field that doubles as a parking lot, we walked down the trail head entry and were greeted by dozens of wild turkeys. I suspect they were less excited to see us as they started running away but Paula snapped off a few photos before they were off in the woods. They are pretty safe here…at least until we get closer to Thanksgiving 🙂
After about a half mile of level walking through the woods, we came to a fork in the trail which begins the loop. During the summer I had “run” counter-clockwise so this time we went clockwise. After walking for a while, we passed Dinsmore Pond which is a spot where the Nubanusit opens up and you are offered a wonderful view of what I can only guess is Bald Mountain in the background.
Continuing around the loop trail, you follow the Nubanusit finding several places to cross either on challenging cable bridges or rafts. The other side of the river is the BU Sargent Camp and these bridges/rafts are in place for their outward bound camps they run but they are obviously there if you wish to risk/challenge yourself. As you can see from our photos, both Paula and I scrambled out on the cable bridge and later on I pulled Paula out into the middle of the river on the raft. It was fun!
The trail eventually broke inland away from the river and reconnected the loop bringing us back to the main trail and the parking lot. This is not a physically demanding hike but it is very scenic and worth the time. If you find yourself in Peterborough in the fall or winter and you want to walk, I would put this trail near the top of your list.