Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail 14 – Chalk Pond to Newbury 4.4 Miles

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG or Greenway) is a 75-mile “emerald necklace” of fourteen hiking trails surrounding Lake Sunapee, crossing Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains, and maintained by Greenway volunteers. The red arrow in the map points to Trail 14 – Chalk Pond Road to Newbury Post Office.  

We started our hike at the northern trailhead at Chalk Pond Road in Newbury, NH. 

The SRK Greenway Guide had the estimated time for this 4.4-mile hike to be 2.5 hours. My fellow hiker, Jim, and I found this to be a 3.5-hour hike. We did stop for a short 10-minute lunch and paused regularly to drink water and snack. This was a somewhat up and down hilly climb through 2 1/2 miles of woods, ending with a 1.5-mile hike on the Old Province gravel road and finishing on route 103 in Newbury.

We referred to the SRK Greenway Guide frequently during our trek. The Guide listed a spur trail NH Audobon Stoney Brook Wildlife Sanctuary from the Skytop Road cul-de-sac, but we did not notice any signs. 

A bit of Newbury town history. In 1778 the town was incorporated as Fisherfield, named after John Fisherfield, who was given a land grant. In 1837 the citizens changed the name to Newbury. 

We had only slim views of 21 acre Chalk Pond.

The Guide rates the hike as moderate. I agree with this due to frequent ups and downhills. Jim and I were both a bit surprised the Guide had this hike estimated as 2.5 hours. 

The hike was in mid-May, 70 degrees, and while we had some black flies, we had no major issue with them.

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