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 America's Stonehenge- 2/10/2016 
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 America's Stonehenge- 2/10/2016
A little late, but better than never.

After work on 2/10, I eventually decided to revisit America's Stonehenge, which is an ancient archaeological site located on Mystery Hill in North Salem, NH. The last time I was here was in the early 2000s, when I was a little kid. Hate that it took me so long to come back, but whatever. The "Stonehenge" itself is an impressive cluster of walls, foundations, caves, crawlspaces, artifacts, and a sacrificial table. There is also a network of snowshoeing trails. For further info:

http://stonehengeusa.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Stonehenge

The area is open to the public for a fee. I got there around 3:45 PM, paid the fee, and started up one of the snowshoe trails. Took it for a short distance to the start of the "Stonehenge" trail, then turned onto it. Early on, I passed a cave-type structure before the site proper, then I hit the site grounds, which were fenced off. No snowshoes allowed within the fenced-off area, since they can damage the site. I stashed the shoes outside the gate and headed in.

Once inside, I felt like a little kid again checking out all the ancient artifacts, sites, structures, and caves! I think I had more fun this time around than when I was 6 or 7! My favorite part was when the trail went straight through a cave system, which made me feel like I was in an ancient Egyptian tomb :mrgreen: . Since darkness was in about 45 minutes, I continued out the other side of the fencing and then headed over to the summit area of Mystery Hill, which had potential for decent views, but not much for views due to low clouds. I had a bit of time left before the place closed at 5 PM, so I went back through the site and then took some snowshoe trails back to the visitor center. Looked around there, bought a hat, then headed home.

This was a very unique and fun hike, and next time I come here, I'm going to get an earlier start. My one minor issue was that the place is privately owned (but open to the public from 9-5), but OTOH it appears to be in good hands. I suppose that if the place was public land and accessible round-the-clock, there would be potential for vandalism of and theft from the area. Got to do more research on that.

Here's the video recap: https://youtu.be/0YsUVKjdmcY

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Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:31 pm
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The last time I was here was in the early 2000s, when I was a little kid.

Oh please!

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Kathy wrote:
hiker0200 wrote:
The last time I was here was in the early 2000s, when I was a little kid.

Oh please!


Hey, I'm just stating facts :roll: . The last time I was here WAS in the early 2000s...

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I think my wife took the kids there once in summer but cannot remember. Looks like a nice little spot for them either way, although I'm not a big fan of paying for hikes like this when there's so many other free hikes around.

I was also under the impression that this site was a hoax or tourist trap of some sort built not long ago and not really ancient. More like an 1800s farm remains fixed up than 4000 year old ancient civilization remains, but don't know for sure. It sure seems well preserved or rebuilt if it is that old.


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