Family-oriented

With its rough boardwalks and lantern-lit caves, Lost River Gorge attracts thousands of people each year who admire the beauty of the area and take on the challenge of the tight ins and outs of the majestic boulder caves.

The central focus of Bretzfelder Park is a giant white pine tree, estimated to be more than 200 years old. In the late 1800s, when Bethlehem was a haven for city folks seeking the clean air of the mountains, the tree became a popular place for visitors, who would wander down the quiet road and relax beneath the tree's branches, enjoying picnics in the quiet beauty of the forest.

Mount Monadnock is one of the most-climbed mountains in the western hemisphere.

Two miles of hiking trails wind through upland pine-oak-hemlock forests, fields, old orchards, and silver maple floodplain forest along the Contoocook River. The terrain is relatively flat. Because of the wide variety of habitats, wildlife observation opportunities are excellent at McCabe Forest.

The summit of Mt. Major offers views that are among the best in southern New Hampshire for the effort required.

A Conservation Success Story

The Forest Society purchased High Five with donated funds in 2004. It got its name when several members of the Forest Society's Land Management staff walked to the top and looked out at the expansive view. One of the staff members remarked that he just wanted to give a “high five," and the name stuck.