Aerial view of the preserve with wooded areas in the foreground and distance and streams and a pond on the middle left.
Surry Mountain This 1,300-acre property provides connectivity for wildlife in Gilsum, NH. © Joe Klementovich

Places We Protect

Surry Mountain Preserve

New Hampshire

With its towering trees and free-flowing streams, this mountainous escape is a stone's throw from Keene.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brand new preserve, and our stewards are working hard to prepare it for visitation. Trails are currently being marked. If you choose to visit, please be prepared: download the map and bring a GPS or compass.


 

Towering trees. Safe haven for wildlife. Free-flowing streams. Abundant recreational possibilities. Surry Mountain is a place rich with natural treasure—a vast expanse of forests, ponds, and headwater streams. This incredible preserve, just north of Keene, is a critical piece of a 50,000-acre conservation puzzle pieced together in the Monadnock region—a resilient and connected landscape where people and nature can thrive, even in the midst of a changing climate.

The Surry Mountain Preserve boasts 1,324 acres of climate-resilient land that will never be developed. Nearly nine miles of frontage along seven headwater streams provide clean water to those living, working and playing in the region. Black bears, bobcats, fishers and other wildlife roam freely across the land’s extensive, high-quality habitat. The beautiful and remote Lily Pond remains undeveloped, along with 16 acres of bogs, beaver ponds and other wetlands. The preserve’s healthy, well-managed forest lands continue to filter our air and water. Hiking, hunting, fishing and snowshoeing are just a few of the ways visitors can explore the preserve. Surry Mountain is open to the public as a place for to take in an outdoor adventure, the inspiring vistas and revel in the restorative silence.

Download the Surry Mountain Preserve trail map and plan your visit!

Thank You!

We are incredibly grateful for all of you that generously supported the protection of Surry Mountain, including:

  • New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)
  • Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund
  • New Hampshire Moose Plate Program
  • Town of Gilsum
  • Town of Surry
  • New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • The many generous members and donors like YOU!

 

A waterfall cascading over bedrock surrounded by mossy rocks and trees.
Surry Mountain Cascade One of the waterfalls at Surry Mountain Preserve in Surry, New Hampshire © Joe Klementovich 2018
× A waterfall cascading over bedrock surrounded by mossy rocks and trees.
A woman stands at the base of a big tree, extending her arms. Her wingspan is just about the diameter of the tree. Smaller trees with bright green foliage surround the area.
Oh Boy! Giant trees can be found throughout the Surry Mountain Preserve. © Jeff Lougee/TNC
× A woman stands at the base of a big tree, extending her arms. Her wingspan is just about the diameter of the tree. Smaller trees with bright green foliage surround the area.
Surry Mountain Cascade One of the waterfalls at Surry Mountain Preserve in Surry, New Hampshire © Joe Klementovich 2018
Oh Boy! Giant trees can be found throughout the Surry Mountain Preserve. © Jeff Lougee/TNC

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