New Hampshire Department of Forest and Lands

Beebe River

Fox Research and Demonstration Forest

Fox Forest was gifted to the State of New Hampshire by Caroline A. Fox in 1932 to maintain a research and demonstration station in Hillsborough. The Fox Forest Trust has provided funds to demonstrate proper scientific forestry, provide areas for applied forest research, provide programs on natural resource management and, develop a forest for public access and use.

The forest encompasses 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/Headquarters. There is a well-developed trail system of about 22 miles that receive heavy, year round use by hikers, cross-country skiers, snow-shoers, hunters and mountain bikers.

The Baldwin Center was constructed in the early 1970's to provide a facility where people could meet and learn about forestry and forest ecology. The center is also home to our museum of early forestry and logging tools. The Baldwin Center also serves a meeting and conference center to a diverse group of state agencies, conservation organizations and schools.

Research at Fox Forest has been focused in two areas, (1) international forest genetics experiments (provenance trials) and (2) applied research focused on local forest management issues. Dr. Henry Ives Baldwin was the first research forester at Fox Forest and he established many of the present day exotic and native tree plantations. He also directed the applied forest management activities including silvicultural and forest products research.

Parking Lot Closure Alert

March 10, 2021 – The Parking Lot at Fox Forest HQ (309 Center Road, Hillsborough NH) has re-opened. Access to the west side trails from HQ will remain closed until Sunday March 14th.
For more information you can call or email Fox Program Forester at 603-464-3453 or

Cottrell-Baldwin Lecture Series 2021 – "Restore, Protect, Connect"

Join us for a VIRTUAL EDITION of the 2021 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series traditionally held at the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center at Fox Forest in Hillsborough. This year's series explores topics from trout streams and New England Cottontail rabbit habitat restoration to foraging for edible native or invasive plants and the protection of freshwater resources.

Registration will be required! Email to register and receive the Zoom link.

NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the NH Division of Forests and Lands | 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301