Van Loan Preserve
Van Loan Preserve has easy, level hiking trails that wind through woods and along active beaver ponds, with several beaver dams. In the fall of 2016, the Bedford Land Trust added a new spur trail that leads to an open view of a beautiful wetland area on the west edge of the property.
Access to this pristine natural wildlife area was made possible by a generous donation of a conservation easement to the Bedford Land Trust by the Van Loan family in December of 2000. The BLT hired the Appalachian Mountain Club to construct trails on the property and to build a bridge over Riddle Brook, and with the additional help of two eagle scouts who were also involved with building a kiosk, some of the bog bridging and blazing, the trails were opened to the public in May of 2007. In 2010 the Van Loan family donated the property to the town. The conservation easement on the property, which protects the land and allows public access to the trails there for passive recreational uses, remains in place forever.
Trailhead 1: 340 Wallace Road Bedford, NH (access directly across from Benedictine Park entrance)
Trailhead 2: 87 North Amherst Road Bedford, NH (parking diagonally across the road, at Muller Park entrance)
*Town owned *Public access allowed
Parking: There is off-street parking for trailhead 1 at Benedictine Park; for trailhead 2, use the off-street parking area for Muller Park.
Passive recreation is allowed, such as hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing & bird watching. No motorized vehicles.
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