Greenway Trail Guide Details Emerald Necklace

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Hikers and nature lovers, not to mention bibliophiles, will be interested in the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition’s Trail Guide.

“It’s a beautiful little publication, appealing to even those who don’t hike actively, but who are interested in the environmental diversity of our region,” noted SRKG Director Frank Perrotta, Newbury. “The illustrations by Loa Winter are worth the price alone.”

The 2008 revised edition has much the same look and feel of the first edition, but has been reedited to make it more accurate and easier to use by hikers enjoying the “Emerald Necklace,” the 75-miles of trails that cross Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge Mountains. The updated guide includes revised trail descriptions reflecting route changes and improvements; better identification of flora and fauna found along the Greenway trails; and two companion essays discussing hikiing and environmental awareness.

The maps were designed by longtime Greenway member and GIS specialist Brian Faughnan, Wilmot, using the software ArcView GIS which allows greater control over appearance and content of the maps. “Users will find them easier to read and more detailed,” Faughnan said. Distances mentioned in the trail descriptions have been correlated with the GPS-ed distances shown on the maps.

The Guidebooks ($10) are available at: Morgan Hill Bookstore, New London; Village Sports, New London; Spring Ledge Farm, New London; Main Street BookEnds, Warner; Dartmouth Bookstore, Hanover; Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, Vt.; Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord; the Toadstool bookstores in Milford and Peterborough; and at participating local libraries and from SRKG directors and hike leaders.

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