A loon nests at Norton Pool Preserve in Pittsburg, New Hampshire.
Nesting loon A loon nests at Norton Pool Preserve in Pittsburg, New Hampshire. © Gerald Coffey

Places We Protect

East Inlet and Norton Pool

New Hampshire

Explore this 427-acre preserve in Pittsburg containing a bog, some rare plant species and the only remaining virgin forest in New Hampshire.

Donated to The Nature Conservancy by a timber company, the 427-acre Norton Pool Preserve contains a bog and rare plant species. The preserve's crown jewel is its lowland virgin spruce-fir forest. Not only is it the only remaining forest of its kind in New Hampshire, but one of the last few remaining virgin stands in the East.

Two miles off Route 3 on a well-maintained logging road, you will find thewonderfully pristine East Inlet. Moose commonly come to the edges to graze on the aquatic grasses. Overhead the Blue Heron flies while small brook trout rise to feed on hatching insects. East Inlet is an ideal spot for canoeing. 

East Inlet has a bog/peat bottom. You can fish from the dam but to get out on the water, use a canoe, kayak, kick boat or john boat. Area lodges rent canoes and kayaks.

Early morning paddlers are often rewarded with moose sightings. Moose frequent the pond and feed on underwater vegetation. Look for pitcher plants along to boggy edges and on stumps in the water.

Many visitors seek out Norton Pool, a deep pool in the stream entering the pond upstream in the forest.. Put your boat in at East Inlet to paddle up the feeder brook to Norton Pool Preserve.

The best way to visit Norton Pool is by water. Put your boat in at East Inlet, utilizing the public boat launch and paddle up the feeder brook to the preserve.

East Inlet Fishing Season:

4th Saturday in April to October 15th
Brook Trout ~ 5 fish or 5 lbs whichever is reached first.

Please Enjoy the Preserve Responsibly

This natural area is open to the public for recreation and education. Please, for the protection of this area and its inhabitants, and for everyone’s enjoyment:

•   Leave No Trace—please keep the preserve clean by carrying out your trash (and any that you find).

•   No camping or open fires allowed.

•   Please, for your safety and the protection of this ecosystem, stay on marked trails.

•   Foot traffic only; horses, bikes and motorized vehicles are prohibited.  

•   Pets are not permitted; help us protect wildlife on the preserve and be respectful of other hikers by leaving your pets at home.

•   Hunting and trapping are prohibited.  

•   Respect the natural world around you! Do not remove or destroy plants, wildlife, minerals or cultural items.