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Conway State Forest is a natural haven that seamlessly blends dense forests, rolling hills, and picturesque bodies of water. This serene and expansive forest offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including hiking trails, camping sites, and fishing spots, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. The vibrant foliage during the fall season adds an ethereal charm to the forest, attracting visitors from far and wide. With its tranquil ambiance, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes, Conway State Forest is an idyllic destination that captures the true essence of New Hampshire's breathtaking natural beauty.
History of the Area
Conway State Forest, located in New Hampshire, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. Originally known as the North Conway Common Lands, the area was used for agriculture and logging by local settlers.

In the late 1800s, the deforestation caused by logging led to soil erosion and decreased water quality. Recognizing the importance of conserving the land, the state of New Hampshire acquired the North Conway Common Lands in 1909 and established the Conway State Forest.

During the 1930s, the forest underwent significant development as part of various New Deal programs, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). These programs focused on reforestation, erosion control, and the construction of recreational amenities.

Under the CCC's guidance, young men worked on reforestation projects, creating nurseries and planting tens of thousands of trees, including white pine, red oak, and other native species. They also constructed fire breaks, trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Many of these features still exist within Conway State Forest today.

Additionally, the CCC developed Stonehurst Manor, a beautifully designed manor house that now operates as an inn. It serves as a reminder of the forest's historical significance and as a lodging option within the forest.

In later years, the forest's management has focused on improving recreational opportunities and protecting the ecosystem. Today, Conway State Forest offers visitors various recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting (in designated areas and seasons). Its preserved natural beauty and diverse wildlife make it a popular destination for both locals and tourists visiting New Hampshire.

It's worth noting that Conway State Forest is also part of the White Mountain National Forest, a larger protected area that encompasses over 750,000 acres of forests, mountains, and rivers in New Hampshire and Maine.
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The Buttonwood Inn - Conway, NH
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Situated on more than five secluded acres of field and forests, two miles from the village of North Conway, The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise offers a peaceful, rural setting and the convenience of being close to everything. brbPrice Range/b $99 - $299
2.9 miles from park*
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Area Campgrounds
Chocorua Camping Village
893 White Mountain Highway, Route 16
Chocorua, NH
Saco River Camping Area
1550 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH
Glen Ellis Family Campground
PO Box 397
Glen, NH
Yogi Bear's Jellystone ParkT Camp-Resort
U.S. 302
Bartlett, NH
Huttopia White Mountains
Pine Knoll Road
Albany, NH
Saco River Family Camping
1550 White Mountain Highway
Conway, NH
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Webster's Country Store
12 Green Hill Rd
Center Conway, NH
(603) 939-2648
Lovell Bait & Tackle
8 Ridge Rd
Lovell, ME
(207) 925-3001

1. Start by heading north on Route 16 from North Conway.
2. Continue for approximately 4 miles until you reach the intersection with East Side Road (also known as Hurricane Mountain Road).
3. Take a left onto East Side Road and continue driving for about half a mile.
4. Look out for signs indicating the entrance to Conway State Forest on your right:hand side.

Alternatively, if you are coming from further south or west of North Conway:
1. Head east towards North Conway using either Route 302 or Route 112 (Kancamagus Highway), depending on your location.
2. Once you arrive at the junction where Routes 16 and/or West Main Street meet with River Street in downtown North Conway, take that exit onto South/North/Southwest Stark Highway/Route:113A/River St./Westside Rd., which will lead directly into White Horse Ledge/Cathedral Ledge area near Echo Lake Park before continuing past Diana's Baths waterfall area toward Kearsarge Brook Campground & Picnic Area just beyond it; this road eventually becomes Passaconaway Rd after crossing Swift River Bridge over Bearcamp River then merges briefly back again w/ US-302 E/Main St through Bartlett Village Center before splitting off once more along W Branch Saco Rive.
3. Continue straight ahead following signage directing visitors towards Cathedral Trailhead parking lot located within state forest boundaries.

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