Heron Point Sanctuary

We try to keep it simple around the holidays. It is easy to get sucked into the stress and craziness of the season, so this year we aimed to be a little more mindful, keep our calendars somewhat open, and spend ample time outdoors. Luckily, the weather has been unseasonably warm, which has lead to many walks in the woods including a return trip to Adam’s Point to visit the really big tree and a visit to one of our favorite Newmarket trails: the Heron Point Sanctuary.

Wayfinding signage on Bay Road

Heron Point Sanctuary is an easy 1 mile loop that runs along the Lamprey River in Newmarket. The trail isn’t very difficult to find, but the last two times we’ve been the road to the parking lot has been gated off, making parking trickier. Your best bet is to park in the municipal lot on Bay Road and walk to the Heron Point Estates Cooperative, where the trail head is located.

View of Newmarket’s waterfall from the Heron Point Sanctuary

As the name implies, the sanctuary is full of birds. Once, a week before Thanksgiving, we were lucky enough to witness a rafter of turkeys jumping from limb to limb in the tall trees above us, keeping their distance because of the upcoming holiday. Mostly, we’ve found cormorants fishing in the river. Whether you’re an avid birder or not, the walking trails provide nice views of the river and Newmarket’s renovated mills.

View of the mill buildings from the Heron Point Sanctuary

Looking down the river

A beautiful wooden boardwalk runs along the Lamprey

According to Mountain Project, you can boulder Heron Point Sanctuary, too!

About halfway down the trail, we came across a clearing in the woods and found a big rock on the river and took a minute to sit. In the midst of the holiday season and with a few days off from work, it was nice to take a quiet moment away from everything. From the Wrightsfamily to yours, we hope you take a quiet moment away from everything and have a restful and relaxing holiday. Perhaps we’ll see you on the trails.

One Response to “Heron Point Sanctuary”

  1. Dale JonesJanuary 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    thank you, Sarah, for your words about the Sanctuary @heronpointsanctuary after 15 months of negotiating with the town and the conservation committee, a new, automated gate is scheduled to be installed and the entrance to re-open in the Spring.

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