Mack’s Apples is home to numerous hiking and mountain-biking trails maintained by a local non-profit, Londonderry Trailways. The trails on the farm connect to a large network of local trails called the Town Center Trails.
On the farm, one of the most popular trails is the Adams Pond Trail, which loops around two scenic orchards, joined by a beautiful woodland trail ”connector” that skirts a wetland and pond. It’s a popular spot for cross-country running, with two 5k’s set for this year. This trail is also groomed for Nordic cross-country skiing in the winter, when the woodland trail become enchanted archways laced with snow, and the orchards are bright under a blanket of white.
Another popular trail, is known as Poet’s Prance, which can be accessed right at the farm stand. The trail ascends Moose Hill, which is topped by peach, apple and pear trees. Spots of note along the trail include a beautiful old Cortland tree that has a swing in it, and placards along the trail that have poems by resident poet John Keating (thus the name: Poet’s Prance).
Yet another trail loops around our U-Pick 3 orchard, on Pillsbury Road. The Peace Pole Trail loops a large 28 acre apple orchard and pumpkin fields, with a stop at a Peace Pole installed and dedicated a year after the 9/11 attacks. The orchard itself has spectacular long rows of trees that are particularly stunning at either blossom time, or in the fall when laden with fruit.
There is no fee to use the trails, but frequent users are encouraged to donate to Londonderry Trailways, or to volunteer for their trail work days.
To download a pdf map of the trails, and for more information, click here. Maps are also available at our Farm Market at no cost.