All are invited to join the Nashua River Watershed Association for our free Heart Healthy Trails walk on Tuesday evening, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

We’ll be exploring trails at two wonderful properties in Townsend: Ball Road Conservation Area and Howard Park. We’ll be starting at the Ball Road Conservation Area meet-up and park at the end of Ball Road/Warner Road. We’ll take a short, approximately 20-minute, guided walk there, then we’ll travel to Howard Park, where we’ll take a similar length walk.

Google map and directions for meet-up are available at, and directions to Howard Park will be provided that evening. Each walk is 1.5 miles or less, and is easy to moderate in activity level. These trail tours are free, open to all ages and all communities.

As part of its Heart Healthy Trails project, the NRWA is seeking to introduce people to trails in their own “greater backyard” that are accessible to everyone, even those with some physical limitations, including young children or elders.

The goal of the project is to identify easy to moderately strenuous trails in six communities, to help people feel comfortable that they know the location of the trailhead and parking areas, and to motivate people to make walking on these trails part of a healthy exercise routine.

The NRWA encourages everyone to get outdoors and connect with the natural world for their own well-being and that of the environment. The NRWA’s Heart Healthy Trails project is funded by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

This walk will take place rain or shine, but will be postponed in the event of severe storms; postponement will be posted on by 4 p.m. on the day of the walk.

For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed.

Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs and outreach director, at 978-448-0299, or email