Help Us Protect a Scenic Gateway to Hancock

a map showing the boundaries of a 15-acre parcel on Route 123 in Hancock, NH

We’ve been given just three weeks to raise $25K in order to protect a special parcel of land on Forest Road (Route 123) in Hancock. With 1,550 feet of road frontage, this 15-acre property serves as a scenic gateway to Hancock Village. The land slopes steeply down from Route 123 to Old Hancock Road and the town’s Valley Farm conservation easement, and serves as a valuable wildlife corridor.

Protecting this property will preserve the forested approach to town on Route 123, as well as views from Old Hancock Road, which is a popular walking route. See more detailed maps here and here.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this land protection project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

Announcing “Pop-Up” Events

a photo of people looking through binoculars (photo credit: Dave Hoitt)We plan our calendar of events months in advance, but every so often, weather conditions and wildlife align just so, with only a few days’ notice that something special is about to happen. (Think: thousands of hawks migrating through the Monadnock Region ahead of a cold front.)

Enter the Harris Center “pop-up” outing: once-in-a-while events designed to take advantage of outstanding, albeit last-minute, opportunities to experience the great outdoors.

If you’d like to be notified of these impromptu events, sign up for our new “pop-up” email list here.

Reviving a Rail Trail

a photograph of a large granite bridge abutment, without an accompanying bridge

Construction of a new bridge across this impressive historic granite railroad abutment will open 1.6 miles of rail trail between Harrisville and Hancock.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Several years ago, the Harris Center worked closely with Harrisville Trails to re-open a 1.4-mile section of old railroad bed to recreation. In the years since, the Eastview Trail has become one of our most popular walking trails.

Now, we’ve got our sights set on reviving the 1.6-mile section just east of Eastview, from Jaquith Road in Harrisville to Jaquith Road in Hancock. Friends of the SuperSanctuary generously donated land to make it possible to open this section to the public, but the trail needed substantial work, including extensive regrading and construction of two bridges. The grading and one footbridge have been completed with support from the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and the New Hampshire Recreational Trails Program. However, the largest bridge, which will span Jaquith Brook via an impressive historic granite railroad abutment, has yet to be installed.

To complete construction of the second bridge, the Harris Center needs to raise an additional $15,000 by September 30. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this exciting trail project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.