With views of more than seven New Hampshire mountains, Carter Hill Orchard is a great destination during apple season and any time of the year. Some extra-season actiivities are listed below.
|"(One of my favorite Concord settings is) the magnificent view of Mount Kearsarge and the White Mountains from Carter Hill Apple Orchard. If you are lucky enough to be there when the sun is setting, and watch it cast blues, purples, pinks and shades of orange throughout the valleys and mountains, it is breathtaking." Elaine Plummer, to the Concord Monitor, May 13, 2007
Public Access Trails (Year Round)
The Orchard has a public access trail for year-round activities, including hiking, snoeshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Click here for a description of a trail, and click here to download the map from the Concord Conservation Commission.
In November 2012, the Concord Conservation Commission's Trails Committee completed a nearly 7.5-mile-long trail that runs from Carter Hill Orchard to the bike path by New Hampshire Audubon. Click here to read about the trail, and click here to download a map of the West End Farm Trail.
During apple season, the Orchard requests that hikers make use of the lower parking lot (first parking lot on the left, coming up the driveway).
Carter Hill Raptor Observatory
Is that a hawk or a vulture? New Hampshire Audubon will be teaching visitors about raptor identification at the Orchard from September 1 through October 31, weather permitting. They provide information every day and bring raptors for show and tell on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a special raptor release on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. (rain date, Sept. 25). Click here for more details.
Leaf Peeping (fall)
In Autumn, come by the orchard for some fall treats and scenic leaves. Our observation tower is open to the public and allows a fantastic view of seven mapped mountains and 360-degrees of leaf peeping!
Cross Country Skiing (winter)
The Capital Ski and Outing Club rents cross-country skis and maintains trails at the orchard from December through March. They operate out of the orchard's barn seven days a week. Recommended by the Concord Insider for moose and deer spotting.
While we invite snowshoeing at the orchard, we ask that showshoers leave the ski trails for the skiiers. But feel free to make your own tracks!
Winter views from Carter Hill Orchard
Apple Blossoms (spring)
In May, the apple trees burst with apple blossoms. Stop by and see the orchard alit with little white and pink flowers, and listen while bees busily buzz from tree to tree. Once pollinated, each flower will become an apple. Take pictures and leave footprings. But because these are our future apples, the cutting or taking of branches is strictly prohibited.