Forest Reservation Guide

Welcome to our Forest Reservation Guide. You can browse our properties using the map, or scroll down to filter by region or recreational activity. Featured reservations (blue pins) typically have parking areas, mapped trails, and more detailed information. All our Forest Reservations are open to the public. You can also search by Reservation name or town.

 
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  • A purple sunset on water in Washburn Forest.

    The Washburn land has a multi-generational history as a working forest. The Washburn siblings’ father Reuben Washburn and his business partner George Hann first began purchasing timberland in the 1940s and early 1950s for what became the Washburn Lumber Company.

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
  • A view of mountain ridges overlooking a lake.

    The Kauffmann Forest surrounds the land at Christine Lake owned by the Percy Summer Club. The club's land is protected by a conservation easement held by the Forest Society. Combined with the state-owned Nash Stream Forest, these conservation lands comprise the entire watershed of beautiful Christine Lake.

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Fishing
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
  • A mountain in the distance from a green spruce forest.

    The most unique feature of the property is an old gold mine, operated by the Whitefield Mining Company until 1885. The mine has one shaft 100 feet deep, with its entrance carved into the face of a cliff.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Family-oriented
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • An advisory about crowded conditions at this 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.

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Family-oriented
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • Water falls through granite rocks.

    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.

    • Birdwatching
    • Family-oriented
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
  • A mountain peak surrounded by green forest.

    Cellar holes surrounded by apple orchards suggest that a portion of this land was used for agriculture and a residence at one time. At the foot of Black Mountain are the remains of old-time limestone quarries and kilns. The first kiln here was built in 1838; the second was built in 1842 with the help of John Page, governor of New Hampshire and a Haverhill resident.

    • Dog-walking
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • A large tree surrounded by fall colors.

    At Welch Family Farm and Forest, you’ll find what remains of the homestead and farm of the Welch family, who emigrated from Ireland in the 1860s.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Snowshoeing
  • An advisory about crowded conditions at this property.

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

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Family-oriented
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
    • Snowshoeing
  • The Madame Sherri Forest is named after a former owner, Madame Antoinette Sherri, a Paris-born theatrical costume designer who worked in New York City during the early 1900s.

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • A view of McCabe Forest frosted over in the winter.

    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.

    • Birdwatching
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Family-oriented
    • Fishing
    • Great Views
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing