Littleton, NH is the commercial center of northern Grafton County. It is a gateway to the White Mountains to the east, and to the Connecticut River valley in the west. Its downtown has been praised as an example of smart growth, as efforts continue to draw visitors and shoppers to its Main Street as well as to its collection of big box stores built on former farmland and meadows along the Ammonoosuc River. Main Street features many locally owned boutique shops, a bookstore, deli, a classic Carnegie public library with a superb collection of White Mountain art, a charming community center, restored mill buildings, restaurants and cafes, and a historic town hall and opera house.
Several state scenic byways, as well as the nationally designated Connecticut River Byway go through Littleton. The Ammonoosuc River, recently designated by the state for its natural resources significance, flows through the center of town. A main artery in the state snowmobile trail system travels alongside the river, and there is a network of trails through town for multi-purpose use. The Conservation Commission maintains The Dells, a lovely natural area with a pond and wetlands.
Land conservation is a tool for Littleton’s future as citizens seek to foster economic development by highlighting and protecting the community’s natural assets. These resources include its scenic beauty, especially undeveloped ridge lines and rural landscapes along its scenic byways, and land that offers public recreation opportunities such as hiking and snowmobiling, and access to the Ammonoosuc River for fishing and paddling. Other important natural resources in Littleton include land around its public and private drinking water wells, land buffering the tributary streams to the major rivers, and forested tracts that are or could be managed for timber.