On Earth Day, April 22, one of the hiking trails in Valley Lane Forest had a make over. Employees from the Timberland Company in Stratham came to Kingston and were joined by town officials, town employees, members of the Kingston Conservation Commission (KCC), and citizens, to work on a major walking trail.
KCC thanks the Timberland Company for their generous efforts of time, materials, and expertise. They built a kiosk and six bridges, and brushed out the main trail. This was a great accomplishment. The bridge at the waterfall will be dedicated to Brian Quinlan, who was chairman of the KCC. Unfortunately, Brian passed away recently before the project was completed. The memorial bridge overlooks the waterfall, and is deep in the forest. This is a fitting site for his memorial plaque.
The management of town forests falls under the responsibilities of the KCC. A part of the management plan calls for the establishment of walking trails so that people can enjoy the natural beauty of the forest. Kingston has five forests totaling over 250 acres. Donation of land and time started 30 years ago at the Valley Lane Forest. Generations to come will enjoy the forest and this major walking trail because of the efforts of the management and over 50 employees of Timberland.
David Ingalls, Forest Project Manager of KCC, invites you to take this walk at the Valley Lane Forest, located off Hunt Road in Kingston. The trailhead is located at the entrance of the forest at the end of Valley Lane. There is ample parking. The red trail is well marked and is a distance of 1.4 miles, and takes approximately an hour. This trail has a mix of hemlock, oak, pine, and other evergreens. There is a giant cluster of glacial rocks nicknamed “Stonehenge”, and several sites suitable for a picnic. You will want to stop at the Brian Quinlan Memorial Bridge at the seasonal waterfall. This trail is an example of what can be available in Kingston’s town forests.