Many of the lands ACT has conserved welcome public use. Some privately owned properties are only open by invitation. As with any land, please respect the privacy and wishes of the landowners. Public use of private land is one of New Hampshire's greatest traditions - let's keep it that way!
Below are descriptions and directions to our conservation lands that welcome public enjoyment.
Sugar Hill, N.H.
3 connected PROPERTIES
Thanks to the generosity of several families, there are some great places to explore in Sugar Hill. Three properties, two owned by ACT and one privately owned and conserved with ACT, make up permanently protected acres for public (and wildlife) use!
You are invited to visit and walk the trails through classic hardwood forest, out to one of the great views of the White Mountains, and explore through wooded wetlands. The Carl Schaller trail is accessible from Pearl Lake Road and there is a parking pull off. Look for the Foss Forest sign – and pull off with boulders – about a mile down Pearl Lake Road from where it starts at Route 117/Main Street in Sugar Hill. The Schaller trail sign in at the far end of the former log landing. A green marked loop trail starts on the left just as you walk into the log landing.
ACT owns the Foss Forest and the MacCornack-Evelyn Forest, and rest is privately owned (the Bronson Hill Conservation Area so please respect space around the landowners’ home.
Please use caution when hiking on these or any trails in the North Country. For more information on hiker safety visit http://www.hikesafe.com/.
This is the land that started ACT. Proposed for 10 house lots, today it is the keystone of over 300 acres of contiguous conserved land. Foss Forest has trails on old skids roads and trails built by ACT volunteers and neighbors. Some of the trails lead onto the Bronson Hill Conservation Area and into the MacCornack- Evelyn Forest. The Foss Forest may be entered at a log landing on Pearl Lake Road, or from the end of Post Road.
Herbert G. Whipple Conservation Area
With the generous support of more than 110 community members, ACT completed the purchase of the Whipple Farm land in the summer of 2005. The 20 acres, the last undeveloped land from one of Sugar Hill’s early farms, is located on Route 117 just up the hill from Polly’s Pancake Parlor. Parking is near the red barn across the street from Polly's.
The land was cleared about 200 years ago and much of it has been maintained as field ever since. At its northern edge the property abuts a large beaver pond and marsh, most of which has also been conserved.
The land has not been actively farmed for many years, but has been mowed to provide habitat for field nesting birds and other wildlife. Its preponderance of native grasses also attracts an unusual variety of butterflies and moths.
ACT will maintain the land as it is today, mowing the fields in the fall to maintain the habitat for field nesting birds and other wildlife that require grassland for foraging, shelter, and breeding. Native grassland is a disappearing type of habitat in the region as old farm fields are abandoned and grow into forests or housing developments.
ACT invites the public to enjoy the Whipple Conservation Area land for walking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. Each year during the summer we host an annual Bug & Butterfly Discovery Walk for kids.
Cooley-Jericho Community Forest
The property encompasses 840 acres in the northwest corner of Easton, sharing boundaries with Sugar Hill and Landaff. Highlighted by the prominent ridgelines of Cole Hill and Cooley Hill, this upland forest is one of the highest-elevation and largest privately-owned properties in the western White Mountains. It is spectacularly beautiful and rugged, with stunning views. It is accessible from Dyke Road, Trumpet Round Road, and Jericho Road in Sugar Hill, and from Jim Noyes Hill Road in Landaff. It may also be reached from the Jericho Trail on Route 116 in Easton.
Trail volunteers completed a 3-mile loop trail this past summer. The blue trail is marked with blue blazes and brings you up to the height
The best parking access for the forest is from Trumpet Round Road, in Sugar Hill.