Wildlife Sanctuaries

COVID-19 Update: February 11, 2021

Although NH Audubon Centers are closed, you may continue to visit our Sanctuaries and trails. The trails remain open to the public, but keep in mind that you are here at your own risk. If parking areas appear full, please choose another spot to explore. To discover other suggestions local to your area, check Trailfinder. While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines on preventing the spread of colds, the flu, and COVID-19.

Stay local, stay safe, and be healthy!

NH Audubon owns and manages 39 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire. In addition, there are several other properties on which NH Audubon has a management agreement with another entity. These lands, covering over 8,000 acres in all of important wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for recreation, wildlife watching, education, and reflective experiences. Three sanctuaries have associated nature centers, and many have interpretive trail guides and well-developed trail systems. A variety of wildlife management techniques are ongoing at our sanctuaries, and others are left to natural processes. Through habitat management, research, education, and continued land protection we are working to ensure that New Hampshire’s wildlife and natural heritage is protected for us all.

NH Audubon sanctuaries are open to the public and free of charge. We hope you enjoy visiting them and are interested in helping support wildlife conservation by making a donation.

Visitor Information

Some general visitor guidelines pertain to our sanctuaries. Most of our sanctuaries are open to passive recreation only (hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.). Only foot travel is generally permitted, as horses, bikes, and wheeled vehicles are prohibited, except in the case of recognized, existing snowmobile corridors. Dogs and other pets are permitted on some – but not all – wildlife sanctuaries, and must be kept on a short leash at all times.

Please stay on existing trails. Smoking, use of alcohol, fires, camping, and swimming are generally not permitted. Hunting trapping, and carrying firearms are permitted only in designated areas, and landowner permission is required. Please see the Visitor Information section on individual sanctuary pages for usage details about specific sanctuaries.

Sanctuary List

This list of wildlife sanctuaries is organized by region. Those locations with public access are linked to sanctuary pages with more detail, including directions. You can also use the map below to navigate to the sanctuary pages by location.

Great North Woods:
French Wildlife Refuge, Pittsburg (52 acres)

White Mountains:
Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary, Conway (56 acres)
Holman, Sugar Hill (60 acres)
Lovejoy Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Abany (96 acres)
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson/Whitefield (166 acres)
Scotland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Landaff (102 acres)

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee:
Ashuelot Wildlife Sanctuary, Washington (24 acres)
Stoney Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Newbury (617 acres)

Lakes:
Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary (Thompson), Sandwich (307 acres)

Bear Mountain, Hebron (73 acres)
Charles Henry & Mabel Lamborn Watts Wildlife Sanctuary (Watts), Effingham (380 acres)
Evergreen Preserve, Moultonborough (5 acres)
Gertrude Keith Hoyt & Edward Eaton Hoyt, Jr. Wildlife Sanctuary (Hoyt), Madison (135 acres)
Less-In-Area Island, Meredith (.1 acres)
Mary McLane, Hebron (165 acres)
Newfound Center/Paradise Point (& Hebron Marsh), Hebron (69 acres)
Proctor Wildlife Sanctuary, Center Harbor (45 acres)
Weeks Island, Meredith (.1 acres)

Merrimack Valley:
Abe Emerson Marsh, Candia (103 acres)
Farley Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Hollis/Nashua
(113 acres)
Massabesic Center/Battery Point, Auburn (49 acres)
McLane Center/Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Concord (12 acres)
Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Amherst (73 acres)
Popple Island, Epsom (149 acres)
Smith Pond Bog Wildlife Sanctuary/Samuel Myron Chase Wildlife Sanctuary, Hopkinton (734 acres)

Monadnock:
Betsy Fosket Wildlife Sanctuary, Ringe (37 acres)
Deering Wildlife Sanctuary, Deering (890 acres)
dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary (Willard Pond), Antrim/Hancock (1,793 acres)
Kensan Devan Wildlife Sanctuary (Meetinghouse Pond), Marlborough (590 acres)
Nye Meadow, Stoddard (45 acres)
Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, Nelson (21 acres)

Seacoast:
Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary, Dover (26 acres)
Brookside Wildlife Sanctuary, South Hampton (31 acres)
Kwaks/Smith Sisters, Newmarket/Durham (172 acres)
Little River Marsh Sanctuary, North Hampton
(60 acres)
Saltmarshes, Hampton Falls/Hampton/Seabrook (220 acres)

Photo, top: Cherry Mountain sunrise, by Phil Brown.

Explore 39 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire.

Committed to the conservation of ecologically important lands.

We regularly observe and count 14 species at NH Audubon’s Raptor Observatories.

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About Us

Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.