West Branch Brook Forest

A Town of Campton Conservation Property

2187 US Route 3, Campton NH 03223

 

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

The Miller Trail is the main trail for walking and hiking the West Branch Brook Forest (WBBF). Please stay on the trails at all times. The WBBF portion of the Miller Trail is one mile long. Vernal pools along the trail start at a quarter mile from the parking area. There is a spur trail at 0.8 miles, marked by blue blazes (strips of blue paint on the trees), that leads to the West Branch Brook. At the property boundary, the Miller Trail continues onto private property for 0.25 miles and then extends for another 0.75 miles through the White Mountain National Forest, where it intersects with another snowmobile trail. There is an information kiosk at the intersection.The initial stretch to Peggy’s Pool has a moderate increase in elevation and then flattens out for the remainder of the trail within WBBF.

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

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

We welcome all people to this property for low impact recreational and educational uses. Please enjoy this land for uses such as walking, nature observation, snowshoeing, XC skiing, fishing, and wading.

This 145 acre property is owned by the Town of Campton and managed by the Campton Conservation Commission. A conservation easement, held by The Pemi-Baker Land Trust and NHDES, in accordance with wishes of the Miller Family, preserves and protects the conservation attributes of the property and prevents any use that will significantly impair or interfere with its natural value as wildlife habitat. As a result, this property will remain in its natural state for the benefit of town residents and visitors, in perpetuity.

The Spokesfield House that existed for about 100 years stood a few yards from here on the far side of the parking lot fence. It was built in the 1880s by Mark and Delia Spokesfield. The house was taken down in the early 1980s. Remnants of an old blacksmith shop, sugar house, and trash dumps, evidence of the Spokesfield family’s life here, are still on the forest floor. (Please do not disturb any old remnants as they are of historic value.)

Later, Clifford and Joanna Miller owned the property. They had a strong sense of responsibility to protect the natural resources found on the property. It is their heirs who honored the conservation ethics of their parents and worked with the Campton Conservation Commission toward a goal for permanent protection.

Campton is located on N’dakinna, which is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Pennacook, Abenaki, and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. The Campton Conservation Commission acknowledges and honors with gratitude the spiritual and physical connection to the aki (land), nebi (water), awan (air), olakwikak (flora), and awaasak (fauna) of the alnobak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations and who continue to carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.

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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Get in touch with us at conservationcommission@camptonnh.gov


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More information at http://www.camptonconservation.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

Jim Butler
member since 2020

Bill Copeland
member since 2022

Janet Lucas
member since 2023