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The Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest (Fox Forest) has been the State of New Hampshire’s forest research station since 1933. The forest is a gift to New Hampshire from Miss Caroline Fox of Arlington, Massachusetts. Miss Fox spent her summers on the property and had an interest in forest management issues. Before her death, Miss Fox also donated to the State a trust fund to finance activities on the property. Since then the Fox Forest Trust has provided regular funds to demonstrate proper scientific forestry, provide areas for applied forest research, provide programs on natural resource management, and develop a forest and property for public access and use.

Presently the forest contains 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/office. Fox Forest Research Research has been focused in two directions, (1) international forest genetics experiments (provenance trials) and (2) applied research focused on local forest management issues. Dr. Henry Ives Baldwin was the first research forester at Fox Forest and he established many of the present day exotic and native tree plantations. He also directed the applied forest management activities including silvicultural and forest products research.

Since then, research topics have included growth studies, planting studies, forest recovery after the 1938 hurricane, pre-commercial thinning studies, charcoal making, herbicide research and investigations of unique forest areas. Fox Forest research presently includes an assessment of timber harvesting in New Hampshire, forest sampling studies, regeneration research for white pine and red oak, uneven-aged management research and growth and yield studies.

                                       Where We Are 

 Fox State Forest, 309 Center Road, Hillsboro, NH  03244.

  10:30 am to 3:30 pm. RAIN OR SHINE!

10:30 -12:30               Portable Sawmill Demonstration: AJ Dupere of the Urban Forestry Center will be demonstrating a portable sawmill in the Fox Parking Lot. Come see Black Walnut from Fox milled into boards.

12:30 – 1:30                Lunch: Bring your own lunch - The Baldwin Center will be open and hot and cold beverages will be provided.

1:30 – 3:30                  Vernal Pool Walk   Want to know more about those “wicked big puddles” you see each spring in the woods? Hillsborough naturalist Marian Baker & Fox Program Forester Inge Seaboyer will lead a walk to some of Fox Forest’s vernal pools.

10:30 – 3:30               Ongoing in the Baldwin Center 

The 6th Fox Forest Art of Nature Exhibit

The Baldwin Center will be open to the public from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm for an exhibit of works by New Hampshire artists, including works by NH’s first research forester Henry Baldwin! Get inspired by an artistic take on the natural world

Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series 

Authors Series:  Historic Hurricane and Wildflowers

The Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series / March-April 2017

All programs take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center at the Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Road, Hillsborough, NH.    

March 28th “Thirty Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England”                        

Author Stephen Long chronicles how the hurricane of ’38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes still observed nearly 80 years later. Stephen Long isa writer and a founder of Northern Woodlands magazine. His book tells the gripping story of New England’s most powerful, unexpected and singularly destructive inland hurricane.

April 4th “Wildflowers of New England”                                                                                                

What is that plant? Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman and The New England Wildflower Society covers the six New England states. It describes and illustrates nearly 1,100 of the common and rare wildflowers that occur in the region's forests, meadows, mountains, wetlands, and coastal areas.Native-plant enthusiast, Ted Elliman is staff botanist at The New England Wildflower Society. He has a master’s degree from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Fox Research & Demonstration Forest - Temporary Trail Closure to Horseback Riding

September 30, 2016 - Until further notice the Proctor Road will be closed to horses from Harvey Road to Ridge Trail (near the back of St Mary’s Cemetery) due to a timber harvest. 

If you have questions, please contact Program Forester Inge Seaboyerat 464-3453 or



Sept 21, 2015 Fox Forest, Hillsborough NH – Three sections of trail on the west side of Fox Forest have been relocated. This includes two portions of the Ridge Trail between Harvey Road and Molly J. Swamp Trail, and a section of the connector between Proctor Road and Chestnut Corner Road. Watch for signs to direct you to the new portions of trail. The old trail sections are discontinued and will not be maintained.  


If you have any questions, please contact Fox Forest
by phone (603-464-3453) or email (