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August 5, 2015


Eagle Scout Restores Trail In Epsom Town Forest

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When asked what Eagle Scout, David Marston would want to share about his Eagle Scout Project he said he hopes people go to explore the trail he restored. He calls it a hidden gem and hope people are “inspired” to explore the Trails and the Epsom Town Forest. “I remember the first time I took a 9 year old on this remote trail through the Epsom Town Forest and,” he said, “it was ‘Magical’”. And David Marston would agree. This hiking trail is designed for foot travel only. It winds deep into the 473 acre Town Forest and takes you to the Epsom Summit of Nottingham Mountain which is called Neville Peak. 


The name Neville Peak honors Joe Neville, who was a dedicated Scout Master who donated a hundred acre parcel to add to the Town of Epsom Forest. His land includes this summit with views to the Northwest including Franconia Notch, The Belknaps and Mount Washington. Joe Neville introduced many young scouts to the property and how appropriate for David Marston to chose this as his Eagle Scout Project. “I still meet many hikers who are bringing their children to these woods after being introduced to it through scouting over 30-40 years ago.”


David Marston will forever have a connection to this conservation land. Many hours and volunteers assisted him in restoring the trail. Removing deadfall, and what he called ‘widow makers’ and brushing out the trail and creating red diamond blazes that can be followed to the summit where the blueberry ledges and view await you. 


David coordinated scouts, his family and other volunteers to assist in the work. They pre-fabricated a bridge and transported and erected it over a wet section of the trail. The lumber and bridge design were donated by the Fort Mountain Trailwinders. The trail would be a great challenge for a trail runner as it begins at a gentle slope and becomes increasingly steep as you approach the ridge. The pine forest gives way to hardwoods and then rocky moss and lichen covered ledges that lead to the rocky summit. 


On Sunday, August 16th there will be a guided hike to the summit. We will meet at the Town Forest Parking lot on Tarleton Road at 10am. Wear hiking attire, bring water and snacks for a picnic on the summit. It will take 3+ hours to do the Scout trail to the summit and come back down on the Tarleton Trail to the Mill Pond and then take the Mill Sluice Trail back to the parking area. A round trip of around 5 miles. 


The Epsom Conservation Commission and the town is so appreciative to David and all the volunteers who helped restore this trail and the organizations who donated materials. 


David does hope you come and explore the hiking opportunities that are right here in Epsom. For more information e-mail [email protected] 






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