This is an Upper Valley outdoor gem located in Enfield, NH with broad falls and an active beaver wetland. It was created by Robert Drape as a memorial to his daughter, Colette, a Dartmouth graduate and a outdoor enthusiast. Working with the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Enfield Conservation Commission, Mr. Drape ensured that this beautiful area would be saved for future generations. The Colette Trail can be hiked in any season but the late winter and early spring are particularly spectacular. Then you will see the remains of the winter’s natural ice sculptures contrasted with the roaring water of Bicknell Brook. After you park north of the bridge, walk back over the bridge and look down – right below you is a spectacular waterfall. Along the quarter mile to Crystal Lake, you will encounter numerous rapids and falls enhancing this incredible natural wonderland. Be alert for beaver, deer and even moose – you will see plenty of evidence of dams, lodges and beaver-chewed trees. The surrounding forest is filled with red maple, aspen and white pine with large hemlocks and spruce forming a canopy. Look for the large “grandfather rock” and see if you can find his face in the rock. The only caution – in the spring, the trail is not difficult but if it is icy, footwear with cleats will help prevent a dangerous slip. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will direct you to the Colette Trail for a truly special hike.
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March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen