Date Visited: March 5, 2016
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 9 Stadium Rd, Nashua, New Hampshire
Parking: There are several different entrances with parking at Mine Falls. The main parking area that I parked in (The Gate House Entrance) had 15 spots and was full when I left.
Once a canal and gate system used to power a mill complex that manufactured textiles, Mine Falls Park is now a nature lover’s paradise. The 325 acre park, which seems bigger, is home to a host wildlife, plant life and spectacular views
During my jaunt along trails, I saw a variety of creatures such as chipmunks, swans, ducks, a blue heron egret and a number of furry friends.
After a chilly, blustery morning, the temperature rose dramatically by noon time and it seemed spring-like (in other words, it was a typical New England March day) and joggers, cyclists and dogs inundated the park.
I met some beautiful and cute dogs at Mine Falls listed below.
A chocolate lab named Kona (named after the coffee color).
Flower, a pretty greyhound.
Evie, a 7 year old Yorkshire Terrier, showed off her tricks.
Four month old puggle Daisy is a natural poser.
Sampson, a 5 month old Golden Retriever, looked like a teddy bear.
The trails are Mine Lake are easy with very slight inclines. They vary from paved in some areas to dirt and gravel. One interesting thing about the trails is one of the trails passes right under the highway. There is also an observatory platform to the side of one of the trails.
There is a memorial dedicated to U.S. Marine Staff Sargent and Nashua native Allen Soifert who died after being shot while driving his jeep in Beirut on October 14, 1983 at the age of 25. The memorial is located near the Soifert Memorial Fields. The inscription reads:
“These fields are dedicated in memory of Staff Sargeant Allen H. Soifert USMC of Nashua
Killed in Action Oct. 14, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon while serving with the multi-national peace keeping force.
No greater love has a man than this. That he lay down his life for peace.
Dedicated Sep. 28, 1986.”
The stainless steel sculpture Connected by Ana Duncan sits at one of the entrances.
Mine Falls also has a number of bridges, babbling brook (and I don’t mean the chatty gal or guy you work with), rocks, structures and views that set it apart from most parks
The most popular feature of the park is the dam and waterfall by the gatehouse.
As I was leaving the park, I heard a lot of dogs barking and whining. My curiosity peaked, I decided to check it out. It turned out a sled dog team was getting ready to practice. I was able to video the team on their last run.
Here are some additional videos of the damn and waterfalls