This short hike is best done with snowshoes unless the trail is packed. Many winter hikes have limited parking, but you can park behind the Town Hall for this one. The loop is through a wooded area with a variety of hardwoods and softwoods, many animal tracks, and a brook that runs all year. There are also a couple of hunting perches. The trail has metal markers on trees, but you can lose track of them. You are mostly within earshot of route 113 so if you get turned around, you can hear your way out.
Snowshoes are the way to go since the last snowstorm. This trail meanders so much that skis would be awkward. There is a lot to see: tracks, trees, and tributaries along a fairly level walk of about three quarters of a mile. Breaking trail will be more exercise. See if you can find the structure built in the tree to wait for deer to pass.
- 3/4 mile
- Park at Burke Field on Rte 113 (Conway Road, between Madison Elementary School and Madison Town Hall)
The Ward Parcel trail is a short walk behind the ball fields on Rte 113 near the school. The total Ward Parcel is 47 acres. The trail is flat and wanders in the trees. The trail was first laid out in 2004 before an Old Home Week Conservation Walk. The trail was updated by resident Torin Laliberte for his Eagle Scout project in 2012. A new entrance was constructed by Torin.
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