Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Lamprey River: Red Maple Floodplain Forest



Description: Intact floodplain systems are a rare habitat in New Hampshire. At this site along the banks of the Lamprey River, visitors can see good examples of several variants of red maple floodplain forest, a community of smaller rivers in the southern part of the state. Red maple, elm, black cherry, elm, musclewood, winterberry, sensitive fern, royal fern, and lady fern are some common species. The trail here is short, only about a quarter of a mile long.

WARNING: Poison ivy is a common native plant of floodplains and it grows along the trail at this site. Appropriate care should be taken to avoid contact with it.

Directions: From Epping, go north on Rte. 125 for about 2 miles. Turn right on Rte. 87 and go east for about a mile. As soon as you cross the bridge over the Lamprey River, turn sharp left down the boat access road to the trailhead kiosk and parking. There is enough space here for several vehicles.

Landowner: Town of Epping 

Images

red maple floodplain forest (low variant) along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
red maple floodplain forest (low variant) along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball)
 
red maple floodplain forest (medium variant) along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball)
red maple floodplain forest (medium variant) along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball)

red maple floodplain forest along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball)  red maple floodplain forest along the Lamprey River in Epping (photo by Ben Kimball)




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