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April 27. 2011 12:20AM

Lakes Region

Catterall Forest

Bristol, NH

Acreage: 215 acres

Directions: Take Willow Street, off Route 3A in Bristol

Catterall Forest has an outstanding stand of red oak trees.

Guy I. Burch Forest

Freedom, NH

Acreage: 20 acres

Directions: Just 0.5 miles West of the ME-NH line on Route 25. The Burch Forest is on the right just past a small side road approximately 1.4 miles from Route 25.

Cooper Cedar Woods

New Durham, NH

Acreage: 29 acres

Directions: Located on Route 11, 4.5 miles South of junction of Routes 11 & 28. A sign on the right marks the parking area/entrance.

Etta M. & Leon P. Tilton Memorial Forest

Gilmanton, NH

Acreage: 203 acres

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 107 & 106 in Laconia, take Route 107 S for 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Durrell Mt. Rd. and travel 2.2 miles. Park where the road steepens and continue on foot 700' to a log landing on right. A woods road goes South from here.

George & Emily H. Marks Memorial Forest

Alton, NH

Acreage: 236 acres

Directions: From Rotary at junction of Rts. 28 & 11, head South on Route 11 for 3.8 miles. Turn left at flashing light (Depot Rd.). Go 0.4 mile to Main St. and turn left at stop sign. Go 1.6 miles to Merrymeeting Lake Rd. Go 1.8 miles, then right onto Powder Mill Station Fish Hatchery. Just past hatchery turn left onto Powder Mill Rd. and go 1.1 miles.

Jennings Forest

New Durham, NH

Acreage: 396 acres

Directions: From the blinking light in New Durham, travel South East on Route 11 for 1.4 miles and turn left onto Davis Cross Rd. Go through crossroad, continue up hill, and bear right on Middleton Rd. Park on right side of Middleton Rd. near the property sign and gate in less than 1 mile.

Jones Forest

Milton, NH

Acreage: 227 acres

Directions: Take Exit 18 from the Spaulding Turnpike, turn right on Route 125 and travel South for 0.7 miles. Park at the entrance of gravel access road on the right. Follow access road under the bridge to logging road extending to right.

Merriman Forest

Sandwich, NH

Acreage: 102 acres

Directions: Just past the junction of Routes 25B & 25 in Center Harbor, turn left onto Bean Rd. Go about 5.1 miles. Property is on the right. Look for a marked trailhead.

Moose Mountains Forest Reservation

Middleton, NH and Brookfield, NH

Acreage: 2,189 acres

Directions: This is a newly acquired property by the Society for the Protection for New Hampshire Forests. Contact them at 603-224-9945 for directions to the property.

Porter-Rodgerson Forest

Tamworth, NH

Acreage: 203 acres

Directions: Take Route 25 to Route 113 North, heading to Tamworth. Go about 0.75 miles and turn left on Hollow Hill Rd. Continue for 0.3 miles. When road changes to gravel, take right onto a small gravel road. This leads to the forest.

Sidney Butler Smith Forest

Sandwich, NH

Acreage: 203 acres

Directions: Take Route 25 to Route 113 North, heading to Tamworth. Go about 0.75 miles and turn left on Hollow Hill Rd. Continue for 0.3 miles. When road changes to gravel, take right onto a small gravel road. This leads to the forest.

Stimson Forest

Ossipee, NH

Acreage: 45 acres

Directions: At the junction of Routes 16 & 28 in Ossipee, travel on Route 16 for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Elm St. Go 0.1 miles to a fork in the road, then turn right at fork (Elm St.). Go 1.1 miles to property on the left.

Thompson Town Forest

Gilmanton, NH

Acreage: 122.7 acres

Directions: The entrance to the Thompson Town Forest is at the end of Gale Road. The trail is marked and includes interpretive signs that discuss the natural and cultural history of the property. Trail passes cellar holes, well and remnants of an old sap house. Trail maps are available online here.

Weeks Forest

Gilford, NH

Acreage: 86 acres

Directions: The entrance to Weeks Forest is located on the North side of Route 11A just East of Gilford Village. Parking is available across the highway at the Gilford Town Office. Trail maps are available at the town library.


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