West Branch Brook Forest

A Town of Campton Conservation Property

 

About

This land provides high quality habitat for native animal, plant, and aquatic life. Wildlife observations include moose, deer, bear, coyote, gray & red fox, snowshoe hare, gray & red squirrel, chipmunk, porcupine, and beaver. Aquatic resources and wildlife habitats are especially well-expressed by virtue of a contiguous boundary of over 7,000 feet along the West Branch of the Pemigewasset River, and several pocket wetlands and vernal pools. The conservation of this fully forested property by the Town of Campton will protect these habitats, as well as provide recreation opportunities for Campton residents and visitors to our area.

Map

The Miller Trail is the main trail for walking and hiking the West Branch Brook Forest (WBBF). A spur trail provides access to the West Branch Brook. Please stay on the trails at all times while walking and hiking within the WBBF property.

Miller Trail

Peggy’s Pool: vernal pool, 0.25 miles from parking area

Spur Trail: blue blazed trail to river bank, 0.80 miles from parking area

Property Boundary: one mile from parking area

The Miller Trail traverses the entire length of the WBBF property. The WBBF portion of the Miller Trail is one mile long and provides opportunity to continue into the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). Vernal pools along the trail start at a quarter mile from the parking area. There is a spur trail at 0.8 miles that leads to the West Branch Brook. The spur trail is marked with blue blazes (strips of blue paint on the trees).

At the property boundary, the Miller Trail continues onto private property for 0.25 miles before reaching the WMNF. Please stay on the trail when traversing the private property. Once reaching the WMNF, it is another 0.75 miles to the end of the Miller trail and to the intersection of the WMNF snowmobile trail. There is a information kiosk at the intersection.

Uses


Please enjoy this property for


Walking & Hiking

Picnicking

Photography & Birdwatching


Respect other visitors and this ecologically sensitive environment
Area Restrictions


No Fires


No Camping


No Overnight Parking



Pack In, Pack Out

Clean up after your pet

Dogs must be on leash & under control


Thank You

History

The West Branch Brook Forest, a 145-acre property, was purchased by the Town of Campton in December of 2021.

This property is located on N’dakinna, the homelands of the Abenaki, Penacook, and other Wabanaki Peoples. We appreciate their thoughtful stewardship of the lands.

This property is the former Spokesfield Homestead, which has largely remained undisturbed by the previous owners, the Miller Family. Working with the four Miller siblings, who are descendants of the Spokesfield Family, the Campton Conservation Commission placed a conservation easement on the land at the time of the sale. The easement is held by the Pemi-Baker Land Trust and NHDES. The property will be managed as wildlife habitat and allow for public access for low-impact recreational activities, including continued winter use of the main Miller Trail as a snowmobile trail.

Supporters

The following support has made this community resource possible:

Grants, In-Kind Services, and Support
NH DES – ARM Grant
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Aquatic Resource Mitigation Grant
NH DES – Moose Plate Grant
New Hampshire State Conservation Committee – Moose Plate Grant
Davis Conservation Foundation

Campton Select Board
Campton Police Department
Campton Conservation Fund
Central NH Snowmobile Club
Ron Goggans
Jane Hillard Landscape
MegaPrint
The Miller Family
Pemi Baker Land Trust
Pemi Valley Excavating
Brian Ray
Ron Reynolds
Carolyn Singer

Individual Contributions
Ben Adams
Peter and Robbin Adams
Gretchen Aguiar and Jeff Allred
Martha Aguiar
Joe and Roberta Aliperti
Eric and Christine Anderson
Diane and Peter Arsenault
Scott and Amey Bailey
Jim Butler and Ron Goggans
Campton Historical Society
Chris and Denise Chabot
Robin Derosa
Dan and Kristy Duris
Janet England and Jennifer Gentry
Dennis and Karen Farrenkopf
Shannon Garnsey and Family
Charles and Alma Grand
Jenn and Pete Hall
Jessica and Ian Halm
Steve Hamburg
Christine Hickey
Alan and Caroline Hill
Sally Jensen
Deborah Kaplan
Herb and Sue Karsten
Randi and Emily Kelley
Jane Kellogg
Tim and Sandy Kingston
Ann Knowles
Erica Labella
Bob LaRochelle
Carol Lenahan
Janet Lucas and Sherrill Howard
Matthew Majersky and Deborah Jean
Peggy and Wayne Martin
Dick and Mary McGrath
Dave McGraw
Doug and Sue McLane
Michelle Miller
Patrick Miller
Bob, Brenda and Leona Minicucci
Mary O’Brien
Dick and Stephanie Osborne
Scott and Susan Owens
Henry and Pauline Parker
Parrish Family Trust
Suzie Preston
Scott and Ann Pulsifer
John and Barbara Rankin
Ron Reynolds
Al and Peggy Rosen
Mark Runquist
Jim and Dawn Shimberg
Craig Smith
Dylan Thomas Spitzer
Lea Stewart
Rich Tyler and Fran Belcher
Steve and Jane Weber
Eric and Tammy Wooster
Paul Yelle and Ellyn Tighe
Brian and Karen Young
Anonymous

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Campton Conservation Commission Email

Get in touch with us at conservationcommission@camptonnh.org


Mailing Address

Campton Conservation Commission
12 Gearty Way
Campton, NH 03223

Campton Conservation Commission Members

Jane Kellogg
member since 1999

Jessica Tabolt Halm
member since 2005

Rebecca Steeves
member since 2013

Shannon Garnsey
member since 2014

Richard Osborne
member since 2017

Dan Boynton
member since 2019

Jim Butler
member since 2020

Bill Copeland
member since 2022