From the junction of Routes 4A and 11 in Andover, travel on 4A-West for 3.5 miles then turn left onto Granite Hill Road. Granite Hill Road is very steep in sections and will present difficulties in snowy or icy conditions. Drive 1.1 miles on and then turn right onto Messer Road. Parking for Langenau Forest is located in less than 0.5 mile at the end of Messer Road. In summer, a designated parking area suitable for 5-10 vehicles is located just before the gate and property sign. In winter, the last stretch of Messer Road is not plowed past the last driveway, about 500 feet before the summer parking area. Access to the property is not guaranteed in winter as there is no plowed lot.
About the Property
Trails on the Langenau Forest are part of a larger network of trails in the area, including those maintained by the Wilmot and New London Conservation Commissions, and the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway. It is possible to make a nice 2-mile loop hike from the trailhead at Langenau Forest, utilizing the Langenau Forest Trail and the Pleasant Lake High Trail. Refer to the PDF map linked in the sidebar. The first section of trail (yellow and blue blazes) skirts around a small wildlife pond with plenty of emergent grasses and vegetation around its edges. Look for evidence of beaver (Castor canadensis) activity such as chewed stumps and bank slides (muddy chutes where beaver have repeatedly slid into the water) as you skirt the pond’s edge. This section of trail passes through mixed woods with lots of red maple and white pine, and eventually intersects with the Pleasant Lake High Trail (orange and green blazes) which runs just beyond the southern property boundary of the Langenau Forest. This adjacent property was harvested around 2014, and cleared areas now provide excellent views to the south and west. Near the western corner of the Langenau Forest, the Pleasant Lake High Trail connects with the Sunapee Kearsarge Ragged Greenway (SRKG). Hikers wishing to return to the Langenau Forest trailhead will need to cross two small footbridges before heading uphill on the Langenau Forest Trail (yellow blazes) for approximately one mile back to the start. This section of trail passes through primarily softwood forest- red spruce, balsam fir and white pine- with associated mossy undergrowth. This trail can also be hiked in the opposite direction- please pay attention to trail blazing colors as the different blazes make this loop slightly more challenging for hikers.
Recommended Properties Nearby
- Cross-country Skiing
- Hiking Trails
- Pull-off parking
- Trail markers
- No Motorized wheeled vehicles (ATVs, trucks, dirt bikes)
- No Camping
- No Fires
- Carry in, Carry out all trash
- Do not disturb plants, animals, or cultural features
- No guaranteed winter access