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Merrimack Valley Region
Marshall State Forest
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Marshall State Forest, located in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, is a serene and captivating natural haven that encapsulates the essence of the region. This enchanting forest, spanning acres of untouched wilderness, boasts an impressive array of diverse flora and fauna, creating an awe-inspiring and tranquil environment. With towering trees, babbling brooks, and peaceful hiking trails, Marshall State Forest offers a picturesque and immersive experience for nature enthusiasts, providing an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
History of the Area
1. Establishment: Marshall State Forest was established in 1913 and was initially known as the North Charlestown State Forest. It was named after Edward C. Marshall, a former state legislature member who was instrumental in the creation of the forest.

2. Early Logging: The area was heavily logged for years, leading to significant deforestation in the region. To combat this, the state government purchased lands and established the North Charlestown State Forest to provide consistent timber resources.

3. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): Understanding the need for reforestation and forest management, the Civilian Conservation Corps established a base camp within the forest in 1933. The CCC workers carried out various conservation projects, including building roads, trails, fire towers, and reforestation efforts.

4. Fire Tower: A fire tower was constructed in 1933, which served as an important tool for detecting and preventing forest fires. It provided vital surveillance and communication for the region's forest fire protection.

5. Wilderness Management: In later years, the forest underwent extensive reforestation and wilderness management efforts by the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands. These efforts focused on regrowing native tree species and improving wildlife habitats.

6. Present-day: Marshall State Forest covers an area of approximately 642 acres and is managed by the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands. It serves as a vital recreational area, providing various outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, bird-watching, and nature photography.
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Area Campgrounds
Field & Stream RV Park
7 Dupaw Gould Road
Brookline, NH
Woodmore Family Campground & RV Park
21 Woodmore Drive
Rindge, NH
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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Located on over 100 wooded lakefront acres, overlooking Ashland State Park. Right out our front door you get to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Easy access to trails for hiking, and an area for swimming. Come and enjoy all that Ashland State Park has to offer, and stay at the Warren Center right next door.
39.3 miles from park*

1. Start by heading east on Route 101 from Manchester.
2. Continue on Route 101 for approximately 25 miles until you reach the town of Peterborough.
3. In Peterborough, take a right onto Grove Street (Route 123).
4. Follow Grove Street for about half a mile and then turn left onto Old Jaffrey Road.
5. Stay on Old Jaffrey Road for around two miles until you see signs indicating the entrance to Marshall State Forest.

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