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The trailhead with the best parking for access to the Ruth Marshall Forest is the parking lot on West Road in Hampstead. There is space for roughly 16 cars in this lot. The Ruth Marshall Forest is across West Road from the parking lot.

There are three trailheads on Boulder Cove Road, two of which have very limited parking opportunities. One last trailhead on Hemlock Heights Road also has limited parking.


Numerous loop hikes present themselves in this trail network from any of the trailheads. Stick to the uplands or take the hill down to Big Island Pond. A larger outing can be had, as this trail system has two connecting points to the West Road Conservation Area.

Trail Manager

For more information visit the Atkinson Conservation Commission or the Hampstead Conservation Commission online or contact:

Atkinson Conservation Commission
Town of Atkinson
21 Academy Avenue
Atkinson, NH 03811
Phone: (603)362-5266

Hampstead Conservation Commission
PO Box 298, 11 Main St.
Hampstead, NH 03841
Phone: (603) 421-7536


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Leave No Trace Principle

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.