Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Big Pines Natural Area: Old White Pine Trees



Description: At Hemenway State Forest, the Tamworth Conservation Commission maintains a nice walking trail through a stand of large white pine trees. One of New England’s largest white pines occurs near this trail. The trail descends from the parking area on Rte. 113 and soon crosses a wooden pedestrian bridge over the Swift River. On the other side, a loop trail meanders through the namesake grove of big pines, and a spur trail leads to an observation tower at the top of Great Hill.


Directions: From the junction of Rte. 113 and Rte. 113A in Tamworth, follow Route 113A north about 2.8 miles. You will see a large wooden sign on the left for the Big Pines Natural Area. Pull over and park on the west side of the road. The walking trail begins at the sign. Trail maps can be found a little way into the woods.

Landowner:
State of NH - DRED, Division of Forests & Lands

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Trail through the exemplary forest community at Tamworth Big Pines (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  Crown of a tall white pine tree (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Big Pines Natural Area (a.k.a. Tamworth Big Pines) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Tall Pinus strobus (white pine) trees along the trail (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Swift River at Hemmenway State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)



Big Pines Natural Area at Hemenway State Forest map (1:24,000 scale USGS topo quad)

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