Fall Fun at Northwood Meadows State Park

Northwood Meadows State Park entrance sign. Photo taken by Cody M. Stebbins October 2012

It was finally a weekend without rain,  and my little man and I had a few hours to ourselves away from the rest of the family, so we decided to go to Northwood Meadows State Park, directly off of route 4 in Northwood, NH. We had passed it often on the way to grandpa’s, but never had the time to stop before. Cody loves to take pictures and videos right along side me, so this was a great opportunity for him to experiment with his own camera.

The entrance to the park was very inviting, offering plenty of parking and an informative trail map. Most of the trails circled around a brook that leads to a fishing pond.
Northwood Meadows State Park Trail Map

Wide open smooth trails. Photo taken by Cody M. Stebbins October 2012

The trails seemed to be great for beginning hikers or for families with younger children like us as they were fairly smooth and did not have a lot of steep inclines or declines or rocky terrain to navigate.  They simply offered an enjoyable hike through the woods around the pond. We noticed a lot of dog walkers in the park as well, and were very impressed with the good nature of all we came by, as well as seeing the doggie bags with all the owners!  ;o)  Cody and I decided we would have to bring our German Shepard pup Kaiser the next time ourselves…

Me and my little man Cody sitting on the first bench we found by the little stream. Photo taken by Angela M. Stebbins October 2012

There were several quaint benches placed strategically along the trail side in locations best suited to sit and enjoy the views of the water, or relaxing spots to take a break if needed. They were all hand crafted from trees and were such a nice surprise to find along the trails. Upon researching the park more, I learned that the benches were placed there as symbols of what the park represents. As found on the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative website, it quotes, “They are all natural, created from local forest products, and will one day bio-degrade returning nutrients back into the soil.”

Cody walks ahead across the bridge.

As a busy mom of three that does not have a lot of extra time to do a lot of individual things with each child, this place was wonderful as it only took us around an hour to complete the inner circle loop, but offered a great learning experience for my son, wonderful memories to carry forward, and we had a lot of fun!  It made me feel good to take that hour out for just the two of us and allowed us to bond together without the rest of the family there that day.

Cody posing by the ‘bent tree’.

There is no entrance fee for this park, so it is very affordable family fun and it received a Cody’s “Ten-Thumbs up” rating…

I learned that this park is always open for recreation so we are planning another trip back in the winter for a nice snow-shoe or cross-country skiing experience as well!

The ‘bent tree’. Photo taken by Cody M. Stebbins, October 2012


My food for thought question:  If you are a parent of multiple children, have you thought about what small things you can do to let your individual children feel special ?



Angela Stebbins, New Hampshire State Parks Intern

My name is Angela and I am a ‘forty-something’ wife and mother of three children. I am also a small business owner, and I am a member of the NH Air National Guard as a ‘traditional guardsman’ which means I serve one weekend a month, two weeks a year. Currently, I am also a full time college student, taking advantage of my military educational benefits to finish my degree. My husband and I run our family business together, a used car sales and service dealership in Winchester NH, and we own two rental properties as part of our business as well. I have served for over twelve years in the Air Force and love every minute of it, as well as all of the great adventures it has brought me on. For most of my time in the Air Force I have been a journalist, writing for the base newspaper, and a quarterly magazine published for airmen and their families. In addition to writing, I have also been able to study and do military photojournalism, and that has led me into a love of photography. I also served on an active duty tour with the NH National Guards Counterdrug Task Force in 2010, a division that works in our own state to help fight the war on drugs at the local level. I specialized in the prevention field working with youth, and was able to teach a drug prevention program at two NH middle schools as part of this program. I loved this job for what it taught me, and allowed me to help teach our area youth. I enjoy this type of work so much, I have volunteered in my community on a substance abuse prevention coalition for four years now. I am finishing my degree program at Keene State College, NH for a dual degree with a BA in Journalism and a BS in Substance Abuse Prevention, finally taking advantage of the military education benefits to continue my education and pull together my two passions into a formal degree to help me continue in the field of substance abuse prevention. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do this blog and share a bit of my life and passions with you all. Until next time… Live, love, and laughter, Angela Stebbins

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