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Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest Trails

New Hampshire Lakes Region

Directions & Trail Description

Location: Located 40 miles north of Concord, New Hampshire. Squam Lake. Holderness, NH. Grafton County.

Length/Configuration: 4+ miles. Out-and-back on old woods road or loop using network of woods roads and trails.

Terrain/Surface: Mix of old dirt woods roads with some narrow more rugged trails.

Technical Difficulty: Mostly easy, to moderate.

Caution: Shared use with hikers.




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Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest

Note: The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features. Read Full Disclaimer.



Start from the junction of Rte. 3 and Rte. 25B, which is located 3 miles north of Meredith on Rte. 3. Go east on 25B for 0.3 miles. Turn left (north) onto College Rd. Go 0.3 miles for the first forest entrance, and 0.5 miles for the entrance to the beach trails.


General Description:

Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, a 157-acre forest, was given to the New England Forestry Foundattion (NEFF) in 1953 by Mr. John C. Wister of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Mr. Wister was a highly regarded educator and shared his knowledge and love of trees and flowers through numerous books and articles on plants and gardens.

The summer season is very special at beautiful Squam Lakes. These peaceful and serene natural spring-fed waters consist of a small and large lake connected by a channel. The forest borders Squam Lake (the film site for “On Golden Pond”). It is known as one of the most peaceful and pristine lakes in the country. Its shorefront area and trails are managed for public use by the Squam Lakes Association. There are several beaches, a wetlands board walk and over 4 miles of trails. The trails start on College Road in Center Harbor. Even though the area surrounding the forest is developed, the forest exudes a sense of remoteness and seclusion, with its backdrop of huge pine and expanse of water and distant mountains. The frontage on the lake is critical nesting area for loons and eagles. Dogs are permitted only if leashed.

Campsites are accessible from land and parking is available at the west parking lot on College Road. Follow the West Fire Road to the Inland Trail to the Wister Point Trail. Heron Cove can only be accessed by water. There are no amenities such as picnic tables or filtered water. Kayak or canoe rentals are available from the SLA. Explore the islands (with beaches), coves, reefs and miles of protected mountain views.

Trail maps and reservations for camping can be obtained by contacting Squam Lakes Association (see For More Information below).


The Trails:

There are over 4 mile of old woods road and narrower trails to explore by bike. The terrain is gently rolling with no significant elevation gain. Some trails are rocky with heavy undergrowth. The best trails for mountain biking are the Dog Cove Shore Trail, Middle Meadow Trail, West Swamp Trail, Beach Trail, Swamp Fire Road, West Fire Road, East Fire Road, and the Ant Hill Trail.

Design your own ride according to your ability and energy levels. Do out-and-backs on the old woods road or loops using network of woods roads and trails.

For more information:

Squam Lakes Association
P.O. Box 204
Holderness, NH 03245

Phone: (603) 968-7336
Website: Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest



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