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The Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest (Fox Forest) has been the State of New Hampshire’s forest research station since 1933. The forest is a gift to New Hampshire from Miss Caroline Fox of Arlington, Massachusetts. Miss Fox spent her summers on the property and had an interest in forest management issues. Before her death, Miss Fox also donated to the State a trust fund to finance activities on the property. Since then the Fox Forest Trust has provided regular funds to demonstrate proper scientific forestry, provide areas for applied forest research, provide programs on natural resource management, and develop a forest and property for public access and use.

Presently the forest contains 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/office. Fox Forest Research Research has been focused in two directions, (1) international forest genetics experiments (provenance trials) and (2) applied research focused on local forest management issues. Dr. Henry Ives Baldwin was the first research forester at Fox Forest and he established many of the present day exotic and native tree plantations. He also directed the applied forest management activities including silvicultural and forest products research.

Since then, research topics have included growth studies, planting studies, forest recovery after the 1938 hurricane, pre-commercial thinning studies, charcoal making, herbicide research and investigations of unique forest areas. Fox Forest research presently includes an assessment of timber harvesting in New Hampshire, forest sampling studies, regeneration research for white pine and red oak, uneven-aged management research and growth and yield studies.

                                       Where We Are 

 Fox State Forest, 309 Center Road, Hillsboro, NH  03244.

The Friends of Fox 29th Annual X Country/Snowshoe Outing and Potluck Supper.
Fox Forest on Saturday, February 18th
1 PM - Join Fox Program Forester Inge Seaboyer at the Baldwin Center for a snowshoe
hike in Fox Forest.  Bring your own snowshoes or skis - we plan to be back about 3PM.

5:30 PM - Social hour in the Baldwin Center with cocoa, coffee, lemonade, followed by
the pot luck supper at 6:00 PM.  Bring your favorite dish to share! 

After supper, Bill Davidson, Forest Health Specialist - EAB for the Division of Forests and
Lands Forest Health Office, will give an update on Emerald Ash Borer & the State of Ash
Trees in New Hampshire
.  The discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Concord in 2013
presented a major threat to New Hampshire's  ash trees in both the forested landscape and
our urban communities.  But a lot has been learned since the first EAB discovery in Michigan
in 2002.  Come hear what is the current extent of EAB in New Hampshire.  What kind of bio-
controls are being used to fend off this invasive pest?  And get your questions answered.

Questions about the day or possible cancellations - call Fox Forest at 464-3453.


Fox Research & Demonstration Forest - Temporary Trail Closure to Horseback Riding

September 30, 2016 - Until further notice the Proctor Road will be closed to horses from Harvey Road to Ridge Trail (near the back of St Mary’s Cemetery) due to a timber harvest. 

If you have questions, please contact Program Forester Inge Seaboyerat 464-3453 or



Sept 21, 2015 Fox Forest, Hillsborough NH – Three sections of trail on the west side of Fox Forest have been relocated. This includes two portions of the Ridge Trail between Harvey Road and Molly J. Swamp Trail, and a section of the connector between Proctor Road and Chestnut Corner Road. Watch for signs to direct you to the new portions of trail. The old trail sections are discontinued and will not be maintained.  


If you have any questions, please contact Fox Forest
by phone (603-464-3453) or email (