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New London, New Hampshire 03257

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   Clark Lookout

Following the acquisition of additional acreage for Clark Lookout, the New London Conservation Commission has been working on making improvements to the property. Some tasks are already completed and more will be coming.

A new kisok has been installed near the beginning of the trail. The kiosk has a bulletin board, a Mutt Mitt dispenser for dog walkers, and, most importantly, a sign which gives information about the history of property, which reads:

This beautiful property, and the trail that leads to the scenic view of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee, are here for your enjoyment due to the extreme generosity of two terrific New London town residents; Sydney Crook and Mary Haddad.
Sydney L. Crook granted a conservation easement on the original 4.47 acres of property to the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, and then gifted the land to the town of New London, subject to the easement. These transactions took place on February 2, 2006, and a dedication occurred on June 17, 2006. The Lookout was named for Syd's grandfather, James E. Clark, who owned a 110-acre estate between Herrick Cove, Route 11 and Route 103A. This property was part of that estate. Syd Crook's generosity was spurred on by his mother, Mildred, who often spoke of donating the lookout to the town. Syd Crook passed away in April of 2010, but his generosity will be appreciated forever.
Mary D. Haddad was New London's beloved town clerk and tax collector for many years and was a very good friend of Ausbon Sargent. The Mary D Haddad Memorial Bandstand on the New London Town Common is named in her honor. Mary passed away in July of 1985. A bequest from the Estate of Mary D. Haddad gave substantial funds to be used for the purchase, preservation, and maintenance of open land, park land, forest land and trail or paths for the benefit of the citizens of New London. On September 26, 2016, the Town of New London acquired an additional 9.5 acres of property to expand Clark Lookout, using some of the funds Mary Haddad left to the town. Mary's thoughtfulness in remembering the town with her donation will continue to benefit the citizens of New London though this and other properties and projects.
Please think about these terrific people as you walk the trail and enjoy the beautiful vistas of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee from the Lookout summit.


There is a new entry to the trail. Instead of starting out from Davis Hill Road, hikers will now enter from Rte. 103A, across from the Dartmouth Coach parking lot. A new gate and signage have been installed to clearly show where the new entrance to the trail is located.

Future projects will include the installation of a lending library case containing books on the outdoors and nature. Vistors will be able to borrow a book, loan a book, or both.

The Clark Lookout is a beautiful trail and we encourage everyone to visit.


Photos

Clark Lookout

New kiosk at the start of the trail - Photo by Mike Gelcius

Clark Lookout

New gate and signage - Photo by Mike Gelcius