The Rocks

About the Property

Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, The Rocks is a protected reserve that serves as the Forest Society’s North Country Conservation and Education Center. Featuring more than 13 buildings on the National Historic Register, The Rocks' Heritage Trail evokes the gilded era of a century ago of long vacations in the refreshing summer air of the White Mountains.

Once a self-sustaining farm, The Rocks is now home to the Forest Society's sustainable Christmas tree farm. Each year trees are carefully hand-shaped and wreaths are meticulously decorated to raise money for land conservation in New Hampshire.

Visitors to The Rocks in picturesque Bethlehem, New Hampshire, can ramble along scenic trails seeking wildlife such as moose, coyote, bear, kestrels and bobolink, enjoy a picnic in our terraced gardens with butterflies and hummingbirds, attend one of our educational programs, or just visit and enjoy the incredible views of the Presidential Range.

NH Forest Explorer

Want mobile maps of the trails to take with you? Try our new web-based trails app called NH Forest Explorer! To try the app, which offers mobile maps and trail interpretations, go to forestsociety.org/FE in your phone’s browser and start exploring!

Submit Your Photos!

Hikers, students, community groups, and individuals can contribute to our environmental monitoring by through digital photography. Picture Posts are stationed at various forest reservations to help document environmental changes in the landscape and habitat. Click the links below to view the Picture Posts at the Rocks and submit your photos. Instructions for how to take the photos are on each post:

Christmas Tree Fields

Maple Experience Field

Trail Information

Christmas Tree Trail

Difficulty: 
Easy
Round-trip Distance: 
0.80 miles

The Christmas Tree Trail leads visitors through The Rocks Christmas tree plantation, with 15 numbered stops noting information about the property's past and present. The trail leads past wetland habitat, rows of Christmas trees, and artfully crafted stone walls, with panoramic views of the White Mountains along the way. Visit forestsociety.org/fe via your mobile device for an interactive, educational trail experience as you traverse the property's Christmas Tree fields!

Scrapbook Memory Trail

Difficulty: 
Easy
Round-trip Distance: 
0.80 miles

This scenic trail includes six stops around the hub of activity at The Rocks, where visitors will learn some of the estate's history, enjoy mountain vistas, and take advantage of the camera stands available to snap the perfect keepsake photos. The Scrapbook Memory Trail meanders past the Tea House and Formal Gardens, the Carriage Barn, and the Tool Shed, with a winter stop to roast marshmallows at the fire pit, and amazing views in all seasons. View a map & guide to this trail by clicking on this link.

Heritage Trail

Difficulty: 
Easy
Round-trip Distance: 
1.50 miles

The Heritage Trail leads wanderers through woods and meadow, pausing at 20 sites along the way to share some of the captivating history of the rocks and its development, beginning in the 1800s, as a summer estate for the Glessner family. The trail begins at Fanny's Little Playhouse, built in 1886 for young Fanny Glessner and now serving as the interpretive center at The Rocks, and takes visitors past the site of the family's mansion, incredible mountain views, and many historic buildings that have been carefully restored for modern use. For a map of this trail, click this link.

Michael A. Gozzo Trail

Difficulty: 
Moderate
Round-trip Distance: 
4.60 miles

This varied trail is named for the late Michael A. Gozzo, who loved hiking and the White Mountains. The trail meanders through The Rocks, crossing managed woodland and overgrown apple orchards, and skirting beaver ponds and wetland habitat. Hikers may explore this trail as one long loop or by selecting one or more of the various spurs- see this map for a better look at this trail.

  • Gozzo Rocks Loop - 1.8 mi, moderate - begin and end at The Rocks, includes the Beaver Pond Loop.
  • Gozzo Trail to South Road - 0.67 mi, difficult - this spur of the trail leads steeply from the beaver pond to South Road. 
  • Gozzo South Road Loop 1.5 mi, moderate - this loop begins and ends at the South Road parking area. 

Property Details

Recommended Properties Nearby

Bethlehem

1 516 acres

Recreational Opportunities

  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Family-oriented
  • Great Views
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowshoeing

Amenities

  • Portable restroom in summer months
  • Parking area

Restrictions