The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests owns more than 160 reservations, comprising over 50,000 acres, throughout the state. Forest Society gems in the North Country include The Rocks, Bretzfelder Park, the Sleeping Astronomer, and the properties listed below. All Forest Society properties are open to exploration!
The Washburn Family Forest: - Clarksville
Open to hikers, anglers, hunters, and snowmobilers and maintained as a sustainable working forest. Offers outstanding views of the Connecticut River Valley and Indian Stream. Wildlife species include moose, deer, bear, fisher, mink, otter, migratory waterfowl. The Washburn Family Forest is revered by anglers, who come to the waters here seeking landlocked salmon as well as rainbow, brook and brown trout.
Kaufman Forest - Stark
Provides canoe and kayak access to beautiful Christine Lake, home to trout, nesting loons, osprey, and bald eagles. Also open to hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting, and snowmobiling. Dogs are allowed on the property; wheeled vehicles (including bicycles) are not.
Kingsbury Timber-Chippewa Trail Lot - Haverhill
This easily accessible, yet remote, property borders the White Mountain National Forest and Black Mountain State Forest. It is open to hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Dogs are welcome. Wheeled vehicles, including bicycles, are prohibited.
Lost River Reservation - North Woodstock
This Forest Society property is home to Lost River Gorge, so named for a brook that disappears beneath the steep glacial gorge in Kinsman Notch before emerging to join the Pemigewasset River. A fee is required to enter the gorge, which is managed by the White Mountains Attractions Association. However, two trails are open to the public free of charge: the 1/2-mile Kinsman Notch Ecology Trail, and the strenuous 3/4-mile Dilly Cliffs Trail.
David Dana Forest - Dalton
Encompassing 300 acres in Dalton, the David Dana Forest includes managed forestland, wetlands, several trails maintained by the Forest Society, and a pond for swimming and fishing.