Lynx Trail

Trail Map: Lynx TrailThis trail provides a gateway to the Libby Hill Trail system directly from the parking lot on Libby Hill Road. One of the challenges the trail system has always had is providing trail head access near a parking area. Our original trailheads were all located around the periphery of the Middle School ball fields. This has caused confusion for some trail users who typically park and then walk up Old Libby Hill Road to enter the trail system. In fact a number of trail users never realize that 1.5 miles of trails exist between the school and the main trails at the top of the hill

The Lynx Trail is not a groomed ski trail but rather is a wide hiking trail that allows quick access (i.e. links you to many other trails) to the Moose Odyssey trails from the parking area. The trail (marked dark blue) runs about 500 feet through succession forest with a good number of witch hazel shrubs that are abundant in this area. It then makes a junction with the inner arm of the wide groomed Moose Odyssey Trail. Follow the trail right at this junction where both trails share the same markings (dark blue and white) and you immediately cross the ATV/Snowmobile trail and proceed about 200 more feet and turn left on the connector. The trails diverge here and you then enter a narrower hiking/snowshoe portion of the trail

For the next 1/4 mile you move from a predominately pine forest to an all oak forest. The trail turns uphill and follows the boundary of the Libby Hill property. If you look south you can see long expanses of open area under large oak trails that are the privately owned adjacent property (Mathew Morrill Trust). You may see deer running in the distance here because a heavily used animal trail they use to move from the wetlands on the backside of Libby Hill to the pond and top of Libby Hill. This is a very fun section of the trail because you can see the remains of the barbed wire fences used earlier in this century for grazing cattle that were allowed to pasture here. If you look carefully you’ll see the wire growing right through the middle of the trees. The remnants of an old rock wall are also here along with several piles of rocks. As you crest the hill you’ll find a nice inviting large flat rock where you can sit and take a rest with up to 6 of your friends and watch for wildlife. Just behind this rock is a very old oak tree that is nearly 200 years old. You continue on to meet the first junction of the Harold Libbey Trail, if you go right you’ll see the memorial(No. 4 on map) to Harold and the junction to the Moose Odyssey. If you take a left here you head down the Harold Libbey Trail and go toward Thayer Brook. You can also proceed straight on Lynx trail where it will end on the other loop of the Harold Libbey Trail. You then either need to go right to go to the Moose Odyssey or the new Ghost Trail or take a left to follow the out arm of the Harold Libbey Trail (marked red)

What makes the Lynx Trail so fun is that it quickly gets you into a wild woods environment. For mountain bikers, hikers, walkers and snowshoers it will provide a quick way to get away from it all! For the casual walker it also allows many different loops for walks.

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