Frequently Asked Questions - Reservation Use and Rules

Tree cutting is NOT allowed.  However, you can select and harvest your own Christmas tree at The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH.

Sorry, but the collecting of firewood from Forest Society property is not allowed.  Our Reservations are managed forests and timber harvesting is conducted by professional logging crews under the supervision of a licensed forester.   

Horse riding is allowed on most Forest Society Reservations.  Easement terms and donor restictions prohibit horses on several Forest Society Reservations.  Horse use is allowed on forest roads in dry seasons but not on hiking trails or active timber sale roads.   We have no facilities for large groups of horses or locations where horses can be trailered into.    

Collection by the public of limited amounts of common (not on the State rare or endangered list) wild edible plants only is allowed on our land for non-commercial purposes.   The collection of other plants, minerals, or cultural/historical artifacts is allowed only when it is a necessary part of an academic investigation by a qualified student or faculty researcher from a college or university or other recognized research organization.

Dogs are allowed on nearly all Forest Society Reservations with several notable exceptions.  Dogs must be on a leash or under direct voice control of its owner at all times.  Owners must pack out dog waste from trails and other high use areas.  Dogs are not allowed on our Monadnock Reservation or at our Creek Farm Reservation.

Where can I go boating on Forest Society land?

Boating is allowed on Forest Society Reservations that: have an existing boat access (Creek Farm, Grafton Pond); Have shoreline frontage with access from other points (Flint Memorial Forest, Conservation Center, Wilkins-Campbell Reservation); Have existing trail access where people can park vehicles outside the Forest Society Reservation and carry a boat to water (WIlkins-Campbell Reservation, Washburn Family Forest)      Boating is not allowed on Heald Pond (Heald Tract) as requested by the donor.


Neither overnight camping nor the use of fire is allowed on Forest Society Reservations at this time.

Geocaching and the placement of geocaches is permitted on most Forest Society reservations, but cache locations and types must be pre-approved by the Reservation Stewardship Department to avoid unnecessary damage to cultural and natural resources.

Recreational/treasure hunting use of metal detectors on Forest Society property is prohibited.  The only use of metal detectors that is allowed is limited to academic research, with those activities guided and controlled by a written Memorandum of Understanding document.

Non-motorized bicycle use is permitted on most Forest Society reservations, but is confined to woods roads that can support local and occasional bicycle use. It is strongly encouraged that mountain bikes not be used during mud seasons. Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails or off-trail/off-road. 

The use of motorized vehicles is prohibited on Forest Society Reservations.

Yes, but only at the Forest Society's Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH.  For more information go to  A small wedding ceremony (only) can be performed on some reservations if there are fewer than 12 people, and with the understanding that the property will be open to the public during that time.  Food, tents, etc. are prohibited and parking is often very limited.  You should probably call first and get more specific information about the reservation you are interested in. 

We're sorry but there are no public swimming facilities on any body of water accessed by Forest Society lands.

Yes, we allow trapping on our lands in compliance with State laws and where it won’t conflict with other uses on a reservation.

Yes, hunting consistent with state law is allowed on all Forest Society reservations unless explicitly posted otherwise.  You do not need to ask permission to hunt on a reservation.  Temporary tree stands which attach to a tree without damaging it in any way are also permitted.

Hunting is a low-impact recreational activity that does not harm the natural resource values of Forest Society reservations.  It is a popular activity in New Hampshire, and the Forest Society believes it is important to maintain conservation lands that can be used for this purpose.  Many hunters have a strong land ethic and the Forest Society is proud to support multiple methods of connecting people to the outdoors, including hunting.