The Forest Society's mission includes conserving lands that provide recreational opportunities--and economic benefits through tourism--for New Hampshire residents and visitors. Visit this page to explore stories related to recreation on conserved lands.

A guide to plowed Forest Society reservations so you can recreate responsibly this winter.

In 2013, the Forest Society launched the “Everybody Hikes Mount Major” campaign to protect the trails and land surrounding Mount Major Reservation in Alton.


My two five-year-olds, newly initiated into kindergarten, reminded me authoritatively this week that it’s officially fall. How could I forget? Autumn has always been my favorite season in New Hampshire — my husband even proposed on a pumpkin.

A trail restoration project at the base of Mount Major is progressing and is due to be wrapped up by the first week in October.

Naturalist Dave Anderson shares the story behind "Judas Trees," as a very few early green leaves have already started to change to red.

Seacoast Online recently covered the ongoing construction at Carey Cottage, located at the Forest Society's Creek Farm Reservation. 

Use this page to help you figure out which hikes you'd like to tackle in the 2022 Five Hikes Challenge! All hike mileages below are ROUND TRIP.  Click on property names to see the Reservations Guide pages for these properties, with additional information and photos to help you deicide! After registering for the challenge, you'll be mailed print maps for your selected hikes. Happy hiking! To return to the registration page for the 2022 Five Hikes Challenge click HERE.  

Five years ago, when I found out my parents were moving to New Hampshire from Alaska — where I was born and raised — I had big plans for the outdoor adventures we’d have together.

The parking lot at Mt. Major will be temporarily closed after Labor Day for about four weeks as the Forest Society improves the visitor experience by repairing drainage and erosion problems at the base of the Main (Blue) Trail.