Member Field Trips- Guided Hike at The Rocks

Forest Society Members Field Trips:

“An Insiders’ Tour” Behind the Scenes at The Rocks with Director Nigel Manley

Join Director of North Country Properties Nigel Manley for a special “Insiders’ Tour” behind the scenes at The Rocks in Bethlehem during peak foliage season and enjoy stunning views of the Presidential Range and White Mountains. Reopening after a planned hiatus as part of a transformation, the Forest Society North Country headquarters are undergoing a multi-year renovation project begun in 2020 and slated for completion in 2023. Learn about plans for the historic 1884 carriage barn and construction of a new 3-tier amphitheater venue and picnic area surrounded by 1400 acres of conservation land. What does it take to plant, cultivate, care for and annually harvest some of the 20,000 Christmas Trees? This exclusive tour includes a walk to historic summer home cellar hole sites along the Mile Path normally not open to the public.

Nigel Manley poses for a snapshot during his work at The Rocks.Your Guide: Nigel Manley

Nigel Manley grew up in the United Kingdom and has worked for the Forest Society for more than 25 years. He manages several Forest Society North Country properties, chief among them The Rocks in Bethlehem. His degree in agricultural management helped with the startup of the Forest Society’s Christmas tree farm, and his keen interest in public outreach and marketing has enabled him to successfully promote The Rocks Estate as a tourist destination.

An avid outdoorsman, Manley’s areas of expertise include moose, bear, and wildlife habitat, pruning wild apple trees, the history of the Rocks and the Bethlehem area, Christmas Tree culture, marketing for small businesses, Agro- and Eco-tourism opportunities, and single-malt Scotch whiskey.

Forest Society members participate free! Advance registration required by clicking "RSVP" below, as space is limited. Following registration, you will receive confirmation and further details about parking and what to bring on your guided hike.

(Not sure if you are an active member or want to join? Email Tina Ripley at to help. Or, you can renew or purchase a membership online and then come back to this page.)