CONCORD — The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has added a new feature of its website. Forest Explorer allows members and registered visitors to the site to use an interactive trail map for select Forest Society reservations. Each featured property highlights a trail, its length, elevation gain, and difficulty. The interactive map features points along the trail that highlight specific information about the reservation, such as trees and wildlife.
“We are so happy to offer our members, locals, and visitors to our state an interactive trail experience to get out and enjoy our forest reservations,” said Jack Savage, vice president of communications for the Forest Society. “The Forest Society has more than 185 forest reservations open to the public for exploration across the state. Our hope in launching Forest Explorer is to encourage people to discover new places to enjoy the fabulous beauty and recreational opportunities New Hampshire offers.”
Currently, members and registered visitors to the website, forestsociety.org/forest-explorer, can explore the following Forest Society reservations:
Andrew Brook Forest: Andrew Brook Trail to Lake Solitude, a moderate 3.8 mile hike out and back to Lake Solitude
Creek Farm: Little Harbor Loop Trail, an easy 1-mile loop trail
Hay Reservation: Sunset Hill Trail, a moderate 3-mile hike out and back to the summit of Sunset Hill
Lost River Reservation: Ecology Trail, an easy, third of a mile loop trail
Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area: Forest Explorer Floodplain Trail, an easy, three-quarters of a mile loop trail exploring the Merrimack River floodplains (at the Forest Society’s Conservation Center)
Mount Major Reservation: Offers trail maps for Mount Major, a scavenger hunt for kids, and a strenuous 3.1-mile loop that provides hikers with the history of Mt. Major and its surroundings.
Coming soon, The Rocks: The Christmas Tree Trail, an easy .8-mile trail will guide visitors through the Rocks Christmas tree plantation.
In addition to the new Forest Explorer, the Forest Society offers numerous educational programs and guided hikes. Visit www.forestsociety.org/area/education-and-events for upcoming events.
The Forest Society is requesting feedback on how well the Forest Explorer is working. Comments can be emailed to Emily Lord at email@example.com.