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Alton Parks and Recreation Connection

May 28, 2020
ALTON — This week's trail spotlight is on the Gilman Pond Recreation Area. The Gilman Pond Recreation Area is located at 130 Gilman Corner Road. Traveling North on Route 28 from the Alton Traffic circle, after about 4.4 miles you will turn right onto Gilman Corner Road. After turning onto Gilman Corner Road, continue driving and the parking lot will be on your right. There is plenty of parking on site.

Gilman Pond Recreation area is a 48-acre freshwater pond that features a rocky shoreline surrounded by towering pine trees. The recreation area is also made up of a small trail system that includes three trails that in total make up just under two miles. These trails are inviting for a nice stroll through the woods or even a challenging place for trail running.

Gilman Pond has direct access to the waterfront from the parking area which makes this an excellent location to drop off your canoe or kayak and enjoy a day of fishing or just being on the fresh water. Great fishing can be had at Gilman Pond, you are likely to catch Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, or Pickerel. Overall, Gilman Pond Recreation area has a surplus of different activities that can be fun for anyone to enjoy.

More information on Gilman Pond and other local recreation areas can be found on the Town of Alton's web site: www.alton.nh.gov: Government-Parks and Recreation or Conservation Commission- click on blue button- Hiking Trails. Another resource for local trail information is forestsociety.org. Paper local trail maps are available at the Alton Parks and Recreation Office Kiosk, located at 328 Main St., Alton. Get outside today and discover a trail less traveled!

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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