January 16, 2011

Snowshoeing at the Rocks Estate

Today was a perfect day for snowshoeing, so we decided to head over to the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem.

The Rocks Estate is a 1,400-acre property owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The estate includes several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has extensive  scenic trails for walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing, and about 45 acres planted with Christmas trees.

The Rocks Estate has a history that dates back to 1882.
Built by the Glessner family, some of the buildings at 'The Rocks' were purposely built for the hobbies of the Glessner family - like the Bee House designed for Mrs. Glessner who was an apiarist. Other buildings were designed for the pleasure of guests visiting the Estate.

Once a self-sustaining farm, The Rocks is now home to the Forest Society's sustainable Christmas Tree Farm.

The Rocks estate offers year round educational events which include moose, bear and deer; amphibians; turkeys; snowshoeing; pruning wild apple trees; maple syrup-making and more.

We really enjoyed an evening learning about NH Black Bears and their behaviors with Ben Kilham at the Rocks Estate last summer.
We had a great time there today but this is a great place to visit year round.


small farm girl said...

That's pretty interesting about the bears. We have a few black bears around here. But, not as many as the bigger mountains.

The Apple Pie Gal said...

The Estate sounds like a very interesting place to visit!

We don't have bears in our area, just lots of corn and more corn :) That was a nice story and video.