CONWAY STATE FOREST
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.
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.
BBs / Inns
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*