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Ammonoosuc River Forest



The Ammonoosuc River Forest, purchased by the Forest Society in 2020, protects 273 acres of lowland spruce-fir forest along both sides of the scenic Ammonoosuc River.

Ammonoosuc means “small narrow fishing place” in the Abenaki language. The river frontage protected within the Ammonoosuc River Forest is indeed a premier cold-water fishing destination, where anglers can hope to hook wild Eastern brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Access to the river is provided via the Tom Howe Trail, which leaves from this parking area and descends to the old Profile & Franconia Notch Railroad bed. Hiking west along the railroad bed for approximately 0.4 miles will bring you to the designated access point adjacent to the Ammonoosuc River.

A hike the full length of the railroad bed heading west leads to a small beaver pond at the edge of the property (0.7 miles one way). Along the way you may notice the old stone culvert work of the railroad, as well as sign of moose, otter and other wildlife.

Please adhere closely to all directional signage as you enjoy this property and note that the area to the east of the parking area is private land that is not open to the public. Private land is clearly marked on the ground and on the adjacent map. Please help us be good neighbors and good stewards by sticking to established trails and accessing the river only at the designated access point, from which you can traverse up or downstream

This property may be accessed from the south side as well, where it abuts the White Mountain National Forest and hosts the Twin Mountain Connector snowmobile trail, maintained by the Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club, The southern entrance to the property is accessed at the end of Dori Way in Twin Mountain, NH.

Help us care for this property by following these guidelines during your visit:

  • This property is open dawn to dusk
  • Carry out all trash
  • Dogs must remain under control and owners must pack out all dog waste
  • No motorized wheeled vehicles
  • No camping
  • No campfires
  • Hunting and fishing are allowed
  • Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed
Allowed Activities
Dog Walking
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Seasons of Availability

Additional Information


Open dawn to dusk

Visitor Use Guidelines

Full list of use guidelines available HERE

Winter Access

Please note that this property may be difficult to access in winter due to winter roadside parking bans and/or unplowed parking areas.

    Parking Details

    This property is best accessed from the small parking area on Route 302 in Bethlehem, NH. This is located approximately 5 miles east of the center of Bethlehem (junction of Routes 302 and 142), on the south side of Route 302.