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Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest



The land is part of the estate that was owned for generations by the Wright family of Keene, which made its fortune in silver polish. Legend has it that John Wright’s first silver polish was developed in the late 1800s as the result of an accidental encounter with a cow on a muddy back road. Finding the cow mired in a bog, he enlisted a local farmer to free the animal. As he wiped dried mud from the cow’s bell, Wright discovered that the bell was brighter, as if it had been polished. He purchased the land containing the mud, part of which became known as Silver Mountain. By 1887 he had developed the dry powder into a cream that was eventually marketed as Wright’s Silver Polish.

Both Silver and Bean Mountains are within eyeshot of Mounts Monadnock, Sunapee, and Kearsarge – three iconic New Hampshire summits that the Forest Society worked to conserve. However, unlike these popular neighbors, the peaks of the Ashuelot River headwaters remain comparatively undiscovered by hiking crowds.

  • 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
Cross Country Skiing
Dog Walking
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Carry Out Trash
Dogs Permitted
No Campfires
No Camping
No Motorized Wheeled Vehicles

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

NOTE: The Forest Society does not plow or guarantee access to this property or its parking areas during the winter. South Road is not maintained for winter travel.

NOTICE for WINTER 2021-22: Trail users at Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest may experience some interruption when visiting the Silver Mountain Trail due to an active logging operation. Machines will be crossing the trail so please give them plenty of space to work. This might cause uneven walking conditions for a temporary period of time. Thank you for your patience while we complete this project and return the trails to their former condition in the spring