Goodwin Conservation Area includes three miles of trails and has a rating of three, or moderate difficulty. Trails on 108 acres follow the brook through 17 exercise stations, and also loop along the hillside as cross-country ski trails.
Parking at Storrs Hill Ski Area on South side of Spring Street, 0.4 miles South of Lebanon Green via Church Street. Parking is also at small area on West side of NH 120 (School Street / Meriden Road), 1.3 miles South of Lebanon Green.
Goodwin Park is located on the north slope of Storrs Hill, extending from Great Brook to the Townsend property. Many small boulders accent the hillside; most soils are well drained. Small springs and several intermittent streams are located on the hillside. Running along the base of the hill, Great Brook has several erosional features.
Small waterfalls and many potholes - some the size of bathtubs - are located near the bridge at the school street access. Potholes are formed in the rock streambed by the abrasive action of rocks, pebbles and sand in the swirling water. Several good - sized wading pools are located along the stream with "Scrape Bottom" being one of the most popular on hot summer days. Stream flow is usually sufficient to maintain pool levels throughout the summer.
Flora & Fauna
This forested slope is dominated by young to medium aged northern hardwoods and hemlock with areas of thick vegetation and slash, the result of recent logging. The hardwood vegetation is particularly well-developed upslope.
Dominant trees include sugar maple, beech, yellow birch, white ash, red oak, basswood, hop-hornbeam, black-cherry, elm, butternut, red maple, quaking aspen, hemlock and white pine. Hemlock becomes especially prominent down along the brook at the base of the hill, and some trees, particularly at the farthest upstream extent of the property, are occasionally good sized.
There are a number of species that share this characteristic of being more prominent along the immediate brook valley: wintergreen, trailing arbutus, and pipsissewa. By contrast, many of the interesting spring herbs are best developed under hardwoods: trout lily, red trillium, wild leek, blue cohosh, wild ginger, toothwort, avens, jack-in-the-pulpit, wood anemone, liverwort, pink ladyslippers and sharpleaved hepatica.
Storrs Hill is also a very interesting botanical spot and harbors a number of rare plants and includes at least two areas of excellent concentration of spring wildflowers. It also contains many herbs, ferns, and shrubs.
In 1974 Edmund and Dorothy Goodwin donated 108 acres of land to the City of Lebanon. The property is bounded on its westerly side by the Storrs Hill Ski Area, and Great Brook flows near its northerly boundary. A snowmobile trail approximately bisects the property in a north-south direction.
According to the deed, "Goodwin Park" is to be managed and controlled by the Lebanon Conservation Commission, subject to four additional restrictions: no commercial building, use only for recreation, no tree cutting, except to develop hiking, skiing or snowmobile trails, and no removal of gravel or minerals.
By June 1975, the Conservation Commission had generated a plan to develop the park for recreational uses, and in the summer of 1980, the first part of the plan was completed with the dedication of the Exercise Trail.