Beginner Hike in a Hillside Sculpture Park (Easy)

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Date(s) - Sat, Feb 10, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Andres Institute of Art
98 Rte 13

United States

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This hike is for those of you who are getting back into hiking or starting out. The hike starts in Brookline, NH, close to the Massachusetts border, so it is a relatively short drive for those of you who live in Massachusetts. This adventure incorporates both hiking and exposure to many works of art.

*After the hike, Parker’s Maple Barn is nearby for those interested in socializing more at a cozy local restaurant with homemade food and/or picking up some local maple products/pancake mix etc. for the holidays in the restaurant gift shop.

Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH is a 140-acre sculpture park with miles of wooded trails, beautiful vistas, and peaceful settings. It is the combination of art and nature that makes a visit to Andres Institute of Art a unique and memorable occasion. Big Bear Mountain used to be a downhill ski area, but in 1996 the property was purchased by engineer and innovator Paul Andres. Paul moved into the house near the top of the mountain and decided to commission sculptures to place along the many trails surrounding his new home. In 1998 the Andres Institute of Art was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

The trails on the mountain are open to the public free of charge. Sculptors from Lithuania, Latvia, England, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and other countries have contributed their work to this art exhibit. As a result of the collective effort from these gifted artists, there are now over 60 thought-provoking original works of art. One of the sculptures, Phoenix, is to this day the largest work in the park; it is 15 feet tall and weighs about 11 tons.

I recently visited the Institute and made a slide show from my photos:

Distance: 3 to 4 miles, depending upon trails taken Estimated time: 3 to 4 hours. Even though this is not a huge mountain, there are some some steep sections. Trails range from easy to difficult, so appropriate footwear should be worn. You should also have appropriate rain and/or winter gear for NH December weather conditions.

Maps are located at the trailhead behind the parking lot. The map will describe the difficulty level of each trail, as well as the location of each exhibit. The map is also available on line: Click here for map ( Click here for map . Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are under the control of the owner.

Driving directions: The Andres Institute of Art is located on the west side of Rte. 13 in Brookline, NH about 1.7 miles north of the Massachusetts border, and 6.8 miles south of Rte. 101 in N.H. After you enter the road to the Institute, the parking lot will be about 100 yards on the right.

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at ( The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death – including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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