Hiking and Nature Trails in Center Harbor
Squam Lakes Trails
The Squam Lakes Association maintains the Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest Trails and the Belknap Woods Trails. Trail maps cost $6 and help pay for the cost of maintaining trails. We have some reprints of these trails here, but they are not as detailed as the for cost maps. To get a proper trail map, visit The Squam Lakes Association. The maps below are GIFs. You can also use an interactive recreation map for more information about the Squam Lakes campsites and trails.
- Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157-acre forest with over a mile of waterfront and was donated to New England Forestry Foundation in 1953. Its shorefront area and trails are managed for public use by the Squam Lakes Association. There are several beaches, a swamp board walk and over 4 miles of hiking trails. The trails start on College Road in Center Harbor, between Rte 25-B and Route 3 and boat access is available at docks shown below. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times and you must clean up after your pet.
- Belknap Woods is a 90-acre forest in Center Harbor, which was donated to SLA in 1986. Belknap Woods is located at the mouth of Dog Cove and along Rte 25-B. This forest provides carry in boat access for canoes and kayaks to Dog Cove on Squam Lake and is the nearest put in for the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. There is a network of trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
New Hampshire Audubon Trails
Proctor's Wildlife Sanctuary is a 47 acre second generation forest with lots of trails and two streams! New Hampshire's Audubon Society maintains this trail and information about the trails are located at the link above. Directions: From the lights at the junction of Routes 25 and 25B in the middle of Centre Harbor, go north on 25B 1.1 miles. Take a right onto Centre Harbor Neck Road and travel for 1 mile. Look for ASNH trailhead sign on left; park in "pulloff" across from sign.
Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Center Harbor Woods is a 224-acre scenic, natural and recreational resource lying equidistant from Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. This land was conserved in 2010 through a unique collaboration of three conservation partners - the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT), which owns the land, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (SLCS) and the Town of Center Harbor, which hold the conservation easement.
Center Harbor Woods trails may be accessed from three points:
- Center Harbor Neck Road
The Trailhead Parking lot is located on Center Harbor Neck Road, accross from NH Audubon's Proctor Sanctuary. The Red Trail enters the property from the parking lot; the Blue Trail enters the property slightly down the hill from the lot.
- LRCT Headquarters, Route 25:B
The Blue Trail can be reached from the rear of LRCT's property.
- High Haith Road
The trailhead is located 0.5 mile northwest of the High Haith Road/Bean Road intersection. The Orange Trail enters the property from this point. The Pine Hill Conservation Area is across the road.
Fogg Hill Conservation Area in West Center Harbor is a 235-acre property with 3 marked trails and hiking access to the summit, the Fogg Hill Bog and 1250 feet of shoreline on Bear Pond. The Town of Center Harbor holds a Conservation Easement on the land. The trailhead is located on Piper Hill Road at Bear Pond and has a small parking area and information kiosk.