Audubon Center
Audubon Center

AUBURN, N.H. -- The Massabesic Lake is about a 45-minute drive from Lowell and offers outdoor recreation opportunities year round. The lake covers about 2,500 acres and serves as the Manchester water supply. No swimming is allowed but kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing and hiking are popular. Various trails wind through the woods around the lake. I like the trails at the Massabesic Audubon property just off Route 28 in Auburn. A large educational facility/visitor center is located on an old farm. Behind the buildings the trails lead to Battery Point, along a wide peninsula that reaches into Massabesic Lake. The trails are open year-round. Osprey watching is popular in the spring.

Trail sign
Trail sign

A walk to the tip of Battery Point in autumn offers nice foliage viewing of the hills surrounding the lake. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. I visited the Audubon Center recently for a little snowshoeing before having lunch with my mom who lives a short distance from the lake. I headed out to the hay field, behind the Audubon center and onto the yellow trail. The yellow trail is a wide trail leading to the red trail at the tip of Battery Point.


The trails are well-used and the snow was hard packed on this day a week or more since snow had fallen. Crampons may have been helpful because the trail was somewhat slippery but the snowshoes were unnecessary and cumbersome so I carried them. From the tip of battery point I could see ice fisherman and snowshoers on the lake. On the opposite side of the lake, snow had been cleared and a group was playing hockey. A dozen people passed me along the trail, some with dogs - unusual at an Audubon Center, but allowed here with some restrictions. Check the website for more information.

Massabesic - Audubon Trail

  • Date: Jan. 25, 2014
  • Distance: 3.4 miles
  • Weather: 24 degrees, cloudy
  • Pets: See restrictions at Audubon site
  • What I liked about this walk: Beautiful scenery, lake, fairly level trails, Audubon Center, birds, birdhouses
  • What I didn't like about this walk: Nothing really. It's an easy walk any season