Monadnock Region

April 27. 2011 12:21AM

Fox State Forest

Center Road

Hillsborough, NH

Ph: 603-464-3453

Acreage: 1445 acres

Directions: The Fox Forest office and Baldwin Education Center are located on the Center Road about 2 miles north of the intersection of Routes 149 and 202 and 9 in Hillsborough.

Open daily. Over 20 miles of trails available for hiking and cross country skiing.

The Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest (Fox Forest) has been the State of New Hampshire's forest research station since 1933. The forest is a gift to New Hampshire from Miss Caroline Fox of Arlington, Massachusetts. Miss Fox spent her summers here and had an interest in forest management issues. Before her death, Miss Fox also donated to the State a trust fund to finance forestry research projects. Presently the forest contains 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/office.

Fox Research and Demonstration Forest

Shieling State Forest - Peterborough, NHShieling State Forest

Peterborough, NH

Ph: 603-271-2214

Acreage: 45 acres

Directions: One-Quarter mile south of Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.

With more than 2 miles of self-guided foot trails, the Shieling State Forest is 45 acres of tree covered ridges and valleys with a wildflower preserve, trails for walking, (dogs on leash permitted), cross-country skiing and shoeshowing. A gift from well-known author Elizabeth Yates McGreal, the area is maintained by the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.

The Forestry Learning Center with exhibit area including a small woodlot management demonstration is available to organizations for meetings with a conservation purpose. Trails and forest open 7 days, dawn to dusk.

Gap Mountain

Troy, NH

Acreage: 1,100 acres

Directions: Take Gap Mountain Road in Troy to the Forest Society Kiosk.

Hiking, birding and natural history exploration lead people to Gap Mountain. And, when you get to the top, the reward comes in the form of low, high-bush blueberries scattered about the summit.

A mile and a half trail takes hikers past old cellar holes, meadows, woodlands, apple trees and stone walls as well as an old, partially-constructed ski tow that never saw use.

Heald Tract - Wilton, NHHeald Tract

Wilton, NH

Ph: 603-224-9945

Acreage: 975 acres

Recreational opportunities at the Heald Tract in Wilton include hiking, fishing, birding, nature walks, picknicking and wildlife watching. Some of the wildlife found on this property include beaver, otter, hares, fox, deer and moose. Birdwatchers will enjoy the amazing array of warblers.

Phil Heald and his siblings, Ross Heald and Helen Rader, have donated vast tracts of their ancestral farmland to the Forest Society over the past two decades.

Chute Forest

Hillsboro, NH

Acreage: 124 acres

Directions: At the junction of Routes 9 & 31 N in Hillsboro, take Route 31 North to Hillsboro Upper Village. Take first right onto Washington Rd. Go about 1.5 miles to intersection of gravel road. Turn right at Crane's Auction Barn. Go up a hill and take 2nd driveway on right. Park past house. Continue on woods road, taking sharp L. Walk 0.6 mile downhill. Road continues to a marsh.

McCabe Forest

Antrim, NH

Acreage: 192 acres

Directions: From the center of Antrim, follow Route 202 North. In approximately 0.2 miles turn right onto Elm St. Extension Rd. Parking area is 300' on the right.

Stephens Forest

Wilton, NH

Acreage: 120 acres

Directions: From the junction of Routes 101 & 31 North in Wilton, head left on Abbott Hill Rd. Bear left at "Y" and then turn right onto Badger Farm Rd. Continue past Mason Rd. till the end of Badger Farm Rd.

Welch Family Farm Forest

Hancock, NH

Acreage: 120 acres

Directions: From Route 202/9 in Stoddard, follow Route 123 South about 5 miles. Watch for Hunts Pond Rd. on right opposite small wooden Harris Center sign on the left. Take next left on Welch Farm Rd.

Sherri's Stairs (Madame Sherri Forest) - West Chesterfield, NHMadame Sherri Forest

West Chesterfield, NH

Acreage: 488 acres

Directions: Follow Route 9 West toward Brattleboro, VT. Just before crossing the Connecticut River into VT, turn left onto Mountain Rd. (next to a motel). Go 0.1 miles, then bear left at fork onto Gulf Road. Continue about 2.2 miles to property entrance.

The 488 acres of the Madame Sherri Forest was generously donated for conservation to the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests by Anne Stokes. The forest is named for the eccentric Madame Antoinette Sherri. Madame Sherri, who had worked as a costume designer for the Zigfield Follies in the 1920s, had built her country "Castle" in the woods of Chesterfield. She became famous (or infamous) for the parties she threw for visitors from the city and was said to have driven about the town during the summer wearing a fur coat and nothing else.

Madame Sherri died in 1965 at the age of 84 but for many years prior the castle had fallen to neglect and vandalism. On October 18, 1962 it was destroyed by fire. The foundation, chimneys and a grand stone staircase from the once magnificent house can be seen adjacent to the Madame Sherri Forest on a side trail close to the entrance off the Gulf Road.

Alison Nims Piper Memoral Forest

Sullivan, NH

Acreage: 199 acres

Directions: From blinking light on Route 9 in East Sullivan, turn North on Centre St. Go approximately 2 miles and bear right at a church. Go short distance and take right onto Gilsum Rd. Continue 1 mile to sign and two gates to parking area on the right.

Blaine Forest

Jaffrey, NH

Acreage: 167 acres

Directions: From Jaffrey Center on Route 124, turn right onto Thorndike Pond Rd. and go approximately 1.8 miles to trailhead on the right. Continue down road and park on the right at the top of the hill in an old landing site. Trail follows network of logging roads to Woodbury Hill Rd. to the East.

Olsen Family Forest

Sullivan, NH

Acreage: 775 acres

Directions: From Route 9 in Sullivan, go North on Center St. Continue into Sullivan Village and turn right at town hall on Church St. Take the right on Gilsum Rd. then go right on Boynton Hill Rd. Park on the side of the road at gate.

Parker Hill Forest

Roxbury, NH

Acreage: 89 acres

Directions: Begin at the Chesham Rd. intersection of Route 101 in Dublin. Go North on Chesham Rd. for 0.6 miles and turn left on Meadow Rd. Go West for 0.9 miles and turn right on Hardy Hill Rd. Go North 1.1 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right onto the access road to Parker Hill Forest. Walk East for 0.3 miles.Forest will be on the left.

The Rumrill Family Forest

Stoddard, NH

Acreage: 89 acres

Directions: The Rumrill Forest lies immediately South of Crider Forest.

Stearns-Lamont Forest

Rindge, NH

Acreage: 123 acres

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 202 & 119 near West Rindge, head East on Route 119. The Stearns-Lamont Forest is located on the right, 3000' from Rt. 202. There is a gate near a small pond to enter the forest.

Monson Village- Wilton, NH

Monson Village

Wilton, NH

Acreage: 215 acres

Directions: It can only be accessed through Hollis, NH. Off 101 in Milford, take 122. Follow this road out of Milford to Hollis. About a mile down the road take a right on Hayden Rd. A mile later take a right on Federal Hill Rd (not marked). This will be a dirt road that turns into a blacktop again. Look for Adams Road. Look for an unassuming turn-off with an iron gate. Park here and walk down the path. The entrance gives no clue to what lies beyond. This is hidden gem, a great place for a picnic. If you are someone interested in New England colonial history this is a must see.

History, history, history! Monson Village was New Hampshire's first inland pioneer settlement. Before it was protected in 1998, the land was threatened by a planned 28-lot subdivision.

You'll find nature walks, restored Colonial era house, old cellar holes, archeology and birding.

Taves Forest

Roxbury/Marlborough, NH

Acreage: 175 acres

Directions: From the center of Marlborough, head East on Route 101. After 0.8 miles, turn left then immediately bear left again. In about 0.5 mile, turn right at a "T" intersection. In about 1 mile, continue straight at a crossroad onto Dillingham Rd. After about 0.7 miles, the road enters Roxbury. The sign and gate to Taves Forest is just past the first house on the right.

Thurston V. Williams Family Forest

Stoddard, NH

Acreage: 379 acres

Directions: This property can only be accessed through the Pickerel Cove and Pioneer Lake tracts from the South. Only experienced hikers should trek through these woods.


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