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Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16
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Author:  Granite Guy [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

I set out to check out the foliage in Pawtuckaway this afternoon. Well, there is hardly any there. Not sure if it's the drought or if it's just a late arrival. Either way I decided to look elsewhere as I wanted to play around with some HDR pictures. I debated between Smith Pond in Bear Brook State Park and Meadow Lake in Northwood Meadows State Park. Northwood won. I started out on Dashingtown Road but quickly took the Huckings Orchard Trail. It has no orchard, nor anything else of note, but makes a nice alternative to the dirth road walk/universal access trail, and after a half mile of woods you come to Meadow Lake. I had been here before an thought the foliage would be good, but apparently there are more pines than I thought surrounding the lake. There were good clumps of foliage in spots but it wasn't as plentiful as I expected. It was enough to play around with some HDR photos however, so I made the mile long loop around on the Lake Trail, stopping by Betty Meadow briefly but it started raining, so I decided against circling around it, even though it was the most colorful area of the park. Another day. Today I finished the loop and headed out on Dashingtown Road and called it a day. This is a nice little hike, 2 miles long, mostly level and easy enough for almost anyone. Nothing grand, but enjoyable all the same. That about sums it up. So, without further adieu, the pix... 8)

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Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

That looks like a nice place! I bet it's not that far, either, considering you were at P-tuk first. I'll have to look it up.

Author:  Granite Guy [ Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

Nice little place and not too far. Maybe 20 minutes from Pawtuckaway. Great for kids (and grand-kids I suspect :wink: ) And only ten minutes from this gem. http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?t=7762 Which I suspect looks amazing in foliage season. Hmmm, that gives me an idea!! :idea: 8)

Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

Thanks! And I remember that report, too!

Author:  BobC [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

Nice, might have to head over there with my wife this weekend if it's not raining all weekend...we've been there a couple of times but it was a few years ago, and never in the fall. Maybe there's still enough color to make it worth it.

Author:  plankeye [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Northwood Meadows/Meadow Lake - 10/13/16

Northwood is a great spot for a stroll in the woods. My GF and I have often met there on a weeknight for a quiet walk around the pond. The heron and beavers are fairly active and always fun to watch.

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