View from Kimball Hill across the Groton Highlands toward Newfound Lake in Groton, New Hampshire.
Kimball Hill View from Kimball Hill across the Groton Highlands toward Newfound Lake in Groton, New Hampshire. © Joe Klementovich 2017

Stories in New Hampshire

Kimball Hill Forest

Conserving a Gem in the Cardigan Highlands

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Sculptured Rocks A waterfall flows along Sculptured Rocks Road in Groton, New Hampshire near Kimball Hill Forest. © Jeff Lougee/The Nature Conservancy

Located in Groton, Kimball Hill Forest represents the essence of our conservation vision.

Looking north from the top of Mount Cardigan, the view stretches away to the horizon, a rich tapestry of majestic mountains, unspoiled forests and free-flowing streams. At the heart of this expansive landscape lies the 2,700-acre Kimball Hill Forest, a stunning property that includes nearly 10 miles of river and stream frontage—6.3 miles on the Cockermouth River and its tributaries, and 3.4 miles along the South Branch of the Baker River. Located in Groton, Kimball Hill Forest represents the essence of our conservation vision: a resilient and connected corridor of protected land stretching from Florida to Canada—a path to a sustainable future.

Today we’re one step further down that path with the protection of Kimball Hill Forest. Nestled southwest of the White Mountains in the Newfound Lake watershed, the property secures a critical link in this vast conservation corridor that will provide safe passage for wildlife like black bear and bobcat, as well as vital resources for people.

It’s no surprise that Kimball Hill Forest has been a priority for many; Its lengthy ridgeline has been the location of previous wind energy development proposals, while numerous scientific studies and planning efforts have identified its multitude of striking natural features and ecological values essential to the future of Newfound Lake and the Cardigan Highlands, worthy of permanent conservation. When the property went up for sale this summer, the forest’s future suddenly became unclear, and the risks of uncertain ownership high. That’s when The Nature Conservancy stepped up to ensure the legacy of this incredible place.

With your help, we will complete the purchase of Kimball Hill Forest, sealing its fate forever:

• More than 2,700 acres of climate-resilient and connected lands will never be developed.

• A spectacular ridgeline will remain forever unspoiled.

• Healthy, well-managed forest land will continue to filter our air and water.

• Nearly 10 miles of rivers and streams will be safeguarded, ensuring a future clean water supply flowing into Newfound Lake.

• Black bear, moose, fisher, and other wildlife will roam freely here across the property’s extensive and high-quality habitat.

• Eastern brook trout will flourish in the property’s coldwater streams.

Kimball Hill Forest will be open to the public for hiking and climbing, hunting and fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, continuing its tradition as a place for outdoor adventure and inspiration and—thanks to you—securing the future of this gem in the Cardigan Highlands.