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 hiking trail maintained by the Squam Lakes Association runs over this property, offering nice views of Squam Lake.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • Three different paths lead to the summit of Green Mountain, where you’ll find the fire tower that’s part of the Green Mountain State Forest, a block of land at the summit surrounded by the High Watch Preserve.

    • Blueberry picking
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • A short trail skirts the edge of an Atlantic White Cedar Basin Swamp, which is a rare natural community. This community features very slow-growing cedar trees adapted to wet conditions and an assemblage of uncommon plants that depend on just this particular habitat to survive.

    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Snowshoeing
  • Like much of the region, the slopes of Barton Hill were cleared for farm pastures and timber by the mid 1800s. The abandonment of hill farms allowed this land to gradually revert to a forest of poplar, white birch, and pine.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Family-oriented
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
  • The land is part of the estate that was owned for generations by the Wright family of Keene, which made its fortune in silver polish. Legend has it that John Wright’s first silver polish was developed in the late 1800s as the result of an accidental encounter with a cow on a muddy back road. Finding the cow mired in a bog, he enlisted a local farmer to free the animal.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
  • The land was first settled as farmland in the 18th century, as evidenced by the cellar holes, cemeteries, cleared fields, and old farm house that was removed from the property. The land also became a source of forest products for much of the last century.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Family-oriented
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • Dame Forest was owned by the same family since the 1840s and was originally part of the Dame Farm. The stone piles within the property and stone walls along the bounds suggest that the land was cleared and used for pastureland. From the hill at the center of the property, livestock most likely looked out over the Great Bay as they grazed.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Hunting
    • Snowshoeing
  • A gift from Virginia S. Champlin of North Andover, Mass., in 2006, the property was named in honor of Mrs. Champlin's late husband, who took an active role and interest in the management of the land for forestry, wildlife, and recreational purposes. He also played a significant role in the current location of Skyhaven Airport, across Route 108 from the reservation.

    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Snowshoeing
  • During the 1930s and 1940s, a substantial part of the northerly portion of Gap Mountain, Carboni Pasture, was owned by a cattle and horse dealer. It was purchased with other adjoining land by investors who eventually incorporated themselves into the Gap Mountain Company.

    • Blueberry picking
    • Dog-walking
    • Hiking Trails
    • Snowshoeing