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Map 08: Riley Trails

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  1. Walking trails
Trail Access
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From East Concord take Shaker Road to Hoit Road. Turn left on Hoit Road. There will be a clearing on your right, which is an old home site. The trail to the marsh is in front of you. OR From Mountain Road, just follow Hoit Road go past the Marsh and start up the rise. The open area will be on your left. The trail to Snap Town Road will be on the west side of Hoit Road.

The Hoit Marsh Trail is a relatively easy walk, as is the Snap Town Road trail, which travels through some upland property.

The Trails

Hiking travel time: The Hoit Marsh trail will take about 20 minutes. The Snap Town Road trail will take about 45 minutes.
Distance: Hoit Marsh trail is about 1/2 mile. The Snap Town Road trail is about 3/4 mile.

This property was conveyed to the City of Concord in the will of Paul Riley with the condition that the real estate be used as conservation open space.

This area of Concord was known as “Snap Town.” No one is sure how it got its name. One story has it that a man by the name of Blanchard had a habit of snapping his eyes or winking quickly. Another is that an early settler thought that others moving in within a half-mile of his residence were crowding him. He became cross or “snappish.”

Hoit Marsh is owned and managed by the NH Fish and Game Department. This is a great wildlife area, particularly in the spring and fall when the birds are migrating.

The City is working with the State of NH Fish and Game Department to develop an interpretative trail on the Hoit Marsh side of the property. The trail is a relatively easy walk.

There is evidence throughout the Snap Town Road area of wildlife, including deer, coyote, raccoon, and moose.