Popple Island Wildlife Sanctuary

The Audubon Society of NH owns many parcels worth visiting in New Hampshire.  This is probably not one of them.  Maybe that’s for the best, considering this is a wildlife sanctuary after all.

Just one sign confirms that this is really the place

Just one sign confirms that this really is the place

This was the best view I could get of the pond ... by holding my camera high over my head

This was the best view I could get of the pond … by holding my camera high over my head

To begin with, it’s rather hard to find.  You have to park your car and walk down an unmaintained dirt road and keep your eyes out for the sign.  There was no signage on the highway so you’ll need to get the directions online.  Then, although the trails were in pretty good shape, there wasn’t much of special interest.  Neither the spur trail nor the two overlooks offered views of any kind.  The promised beaver ponds were nowhere to be seen.  There was sign of bear so at least they were happy.DSC07652 DSC07647 DSC07648 DSC07645I did enjoy all the mushrooms of virtually every color.  I only took pictures of these ones – a little drab but still unusual.  There were also a number of stone walls including this unusual parallel set of walls that suddenly diverge.DSC07650The other feature on this July Sunday was the number of bugs: mosquitoes – ugh – and these interesting fluttery dragonflies that were in abundance near the stream.DSC07651The only other thing keeping me from being positive was that the adjacent property to the south (by the parallel walls) had been cleared in recent years and there was a rather creepy abandoned tent and fatigues in one clearing within view of the trail.  It didn’t look like anyone had been there for at least a few months though.

Oh well, Happy Trails nonetheless, although maybe not these ones for a while.

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  1. Pingback: A Study in Contrasts – Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary & Mt. Teneriffe Preserve | The Park Explorer·

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