The Burns Hill & Burns Farm South Hike at the Beaver Brook Association's Burns Farm Trails in Milford, New Hampshire is an easy to moderate 3.1-mile loop hike that features a summit of Burns Hill within the Hitchiner Town Forest and includes an easy forest walk through the Burns Farm Trails.
Trail name(s): Lower Trail, Hazel's Trail, Loop Trail, Brook Trail, Hitchiner White Trail, East Summit Trail and South Summit Trail.
Location(s): Beaver Brook Association Conservation Land: Burns Farm Trails, Burns Road Milford, NH and Hitchiner Town Forest.
Fees and Parking: There is no fee to park or use the trails. There is plenty of off-street parking available in gravel parking area near trail head. There is a Kiosk at the trail head with a posted map as well as maps available to take along the hike. There was also a QR code to scan to open a Trail Map on a Smartphone.
Allowed Activities: Hiking, Cross country Skiing, Geocaching, Fishing in accordance with State regulations. A sign was posted that said biking and Horseback riding was allowed on designated trails but there was no designation noted on any of the trails we encountered.
Accessibility: The trails are not wheelchair accessible.
Sanitation: No restrooms, no trash bins.
Pets: Pets must be on a leash and waste picked up.
Trail Restrictions: No bicycles, no motorized vehicles, No Snowmobiles, No Hunting on Beaver Brook Association Land (Hunting is allowed in the Hitchner Town Forest), No firearms, No trapping, No littering, No Alcohol, No fires, No cutting of plants, No collection of wildlife.
Hours: Daylight use only from dawn to dusk.
Trail information: This was an easy to moderate hike, almost three miles in length. There is some moderate elevation if hikers choose to hike the summit trail to see the sweeping westerly views from atop Burns Hill with an elevation of approximately 751'. The substrate is varied, and hikers will experience walking along mowed fields full of wildflowers (and poison ivy) and forest paths flanked by mountain laurel, partridge berry, ferns and blueberries. The forest trails have the typical roots and rocks to navigate, but for the majority of the hike, the footing is easy. There were several well maintained wooden or stone bridges to help hikers traverse places that may be wet or when streams are flowing. The Beaver Brook trails are marked by a yellow triangle. The Hitchiner Town Forest trails have different blaze colors depending on the trail taken; during our hike we saw white, black and blue markers. There is a very large, covered picnic pavilion at the Mullen Road trail head in the Hitchner Town Forest, please carry out any trash you have as there are no trash bins.
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