Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Green Hills Preserve: Rocky Ridges



Description:
The Green Hills form a mountain range just east of the village of North Conway. This approximately 5,000-acre scenic preserve provides habitat for four rare and endangered plants and several natural communities, and provides numerous recreational and educational opportunities.

On the ascent to Peaked and Middle Mountains, you will hike through a variety of community types, including maturing beech forest. The summits of these rocky peaks support red oak - pine rocky ridge and red pine rocky ridge communities.


Directions:
To Peaked Mtn. Trail: This trail begins on Thompson (formerly Woodland) Road. From Rte. 16, travel 0.5 mile south of North Conway Village. Turn left onto Artist Falls Road. Go 0.3 mile and bear right onto Thompson Road. Drive 0.4 mile (there is a sharp left at 0.1 miles) to the parking area for Pudding Pond and the Green Hills (just before the power lines). From the gate here, hike south (parallel to the power lines) for 0.2 miles until you reach an information kiosk. Maps and printed information are available. Trails lead east across the power lines from the kiosk. Take the left branch to reach the trails to Middle Mtn. and peaked Mtn.

Landowner:
The Nature Conservancy


red pine rocky ridge community on Middle Mountain (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
red pine rocky ridge community on Middle Mountain (photo by Ben Kimball)

trail junction in the Green Hills Preserve (photo by Ben Kimball)
trail junction in the Green Hills Preserve (photo by Ben Kimball)

view to the south from Middle Mountain (photo by Ben Kimball)
view to the south from Middle Mountain (photo by Ben Kimball)

Twisted trunk on Peaked Mtn. (Mt. Washington in background) (photo by Dan Sperduto for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
A twisted trunk on Peaked Mtn.
(photo by Dan Sperduto)

Link: Preserve page from NH TNC
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