This 1,303-acre preserve located in the towns of Sullivan, Nelson, and Stoddard, provides vital habitat for several endangered natural communities.
Abutting more than 13,000 acres of protected lands (including the Andorra Forest), Otter Brook Preserve provides critical wetland and riparian habitat for wildlife. The preserve protects significant portions of the headwaters of Otter Brook, as well as parts of the watershed for Sullivan's largest and most productive aquifer.
The Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire established the Otter Brook Preserve in 1999. Located in Nelson, Stoddard, and Sullivan, the preserve offers excellent landscape scale conservation value due to its extensive core forest, adjoining conservation land, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. The preserve supports exemplary natural communities, including pristine ponds and acidic fens, and has excellent recreational and scenic value.
At nearly 15,000 acres, the Andorra Forest/Otter Brook conservation area is one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in Southwestern New Hampshire. It is this type of landscape scale conservation that will make a significant impact on the preservation of New Hampshire's most special places.
The Conservancy and its hardworking volunteers have established a 4.8-mile trail system at this relatively new preserve. The trail winds through diverse forest types to bring visitors to Bolster Pond and Brook, Otter Brook, Ellis Reservoir, and several other cultural features on the preserve.
Click here to download a trail map (.pdf, 594 kb).