Today we visited the Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157-acre forest with over four miles of hiking. The Forest includes a mile of waterfront views and beaches on gorgeous Squam Lake. The area even has camping sites, and docks for boat access. The Squam Lake Association manages the shorefront areas and trails within.
We spent about two hours exploring the trails at Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest. I was impressed at how well marked the trails were, with printed maps posted throughout the Forest. The trails went from the forest, to waterfront, to even a “Swamp Walk” trail with a boardwalk surrounded by blueberries! Mid-hike I was awed to spot a gigantic hawk with a fish in his mouth, just feet above our head. Although I was not quick enough to take a photo, it was quite the spectacular moment.
If you are one of our followers you know that Shadow ran straight for the water upon site, while Wilma jumped onto the rocks along the trails. I was humored watching Wilma’s uneasiness with the small waves, but that of course did not stop Shadow from just sitting and enjoying a cool down in the Lake. These two are the perfect balance of calm and experienced, and wild and curious. We definitely had a pleasant visit to this lakeside forest (Rating: 3).