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directions to Purgatory Falls Brook Preserve


Southern NH, 15 miles northwest of Nashua, NH
West of the town of Milford, NH

Driving (one way from Nashua, NH):

Distance: 16 miles
Time: 30 minutes
Parking: at the lower parking lot (MacLellan Trail)
If you use a car GPS, here are the lower
    parking lot coordinates (in degrees and minutes):
    N 42 51.526
   W 71 41.677
Drive Route: Drive to Purgatory Falls
 - Route 101A northwest
 - Route 101 west (for 5.1 miles)
 - North River Road north (for 0.8 miles)
 - Purgatory Road north (for 0.5 miles;
      trailhead parking is on the left)

Hiking to Lower Falls (round trip):

Distance: 1/2 mile (or more)
Time: 1/2 hour (or more)
Trail: MacLellan Trail
Trail Map: Purgatory Brook Trails

Hiking to all three falls (traverse):

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Trails: MacLellan Trail and Purgatory Brook Trail
Website: Souhegan Valley Land Trust
GPS Track: Purgatory Falls GPS Track
If you use a hiking GPS, here is the GPS eXchange file:
    gpspurgatory.gpx (right click and select "save as")
Car Spot: drive the yellow route on the GPS Track
    to spot a second car at the upper parking area
    before hiking the red route from the first car
    at the lower parking lot.
If you use a car GPS, here are the upper
    parking area coordinates (in degrees and minutes):
    N 42 53.384
   W 71 42.648
Roads (from lower to upper parking):
 - Purgatory Road south
 - Center Road west
 - Johnson Corner Road north
 - Purgatory Falls Road east
    (note: "Purgatory Falls Road"" is called
    "Purgatory Road" on some old maps)

Nature Walk:

Hilly terrain along brook.

Winter Accessibility:

Available year round