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Open Space, Recreation & Protected Places

Along with the environmental, wildlife, tax and health benefits that open space provides, such areas often are excellent recreational sites for activities such as nature walks, show shoeing, hiking, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, bicycling, horse-back riding, dog-sledding and snowmobiling.  Some of our trails are even universally accessible.  As this page is under development, we'll be posting additional information as it becomes available.

Paul Doscher: New Hampshire everlasting  Concord Monitor 1/31/18


Belknap Range Conservation Coalition  Belmont Recreation & Alternative Transportation Team Committee  Five Rivers Conservation Trust 
Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail 
Lakes Region Conservation Trust 
NH Department of Resources and Economic Development 
Society for the Protection of NH Forests 
WOW Trail - Laconia (Winnipesaukee Opechee Winnisquam) 


BELMONT —New Hampshire Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney toured several sites and trails in the central part of the state last Friday to get an update on current recreational programs and progress being made for conservation and outdoor opportunities. Along the way, he even stepped a bit out of his own district’s boundaries to visit trails being developed in Belmont village.  Read More 
Photo and Article by DONNA RHODES 
Winnisquam Echo 9/21/17  New Hampshire’s District One Executive Councilor, Joe Kenney (far left), met with Belmont Town Planner Rick Ball (second from left) and other state officials last Friday for a tour of the trails and recreational opportunities now available or in the developmental stages in Belmont Village.

Tioga Rail Spur Trail & River Walk

Winnisquam Scenic Trail 

Open, Recreation, Trail & Protected Lands

Andrew Sanborn Farm
219 Durrell Mountain Road
Tax Lot 214-009-000-000

Forest Management Plan

2016  A small parking area has been constructed on Durrell Mountain Road servicing both the Pop's Woods and Andrew Sanborn Farm Conservation properties.

1996 An aspiring Eagle Scout Alvin Nix constructed Bird Houses and Duck Blinds for the Andrew Sanborn Farm conservation land.

Bean Dam
147 Wild Acres Road
Tax Lot 225-018-000-000

Bean Dam History Notes 3/1/17

Currier-Sanborn Conservation Area
Gardners Grove
Tax Lots 120-015-000-000 & 120-020-000-000

The Belmont Conservation Commission is pleased to announce that they have received notice that a $57,227 New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grant has been awarded to the Town in support of the Sanborn Trust conservation project. 

The Conservation Commission has been working closely with the Sanborn Family to acquire two parcels of land totaling 79ac off Depot Street at the Northfield Town Line for $125,000. 

The parcel is located on the Stratified Drift Aquifer which provides drinking water to both the Belmont Municipal Water System and Tilton/Northfield Aqueduct Co.  It includes a significant amount of frontage on the Winnipesaukee and Tioga Rivers, frontage on Silver Lake, and abuts the Town-owned 188 ac Tioga River Wildlife and Conservation Area. These combined protected areas provide a significant benefit to wildlife and natural value conservation in this area.

In addition to the LCHIP grant, the Commission has received a $7,500 Conservation License Plate grant and a one-time Aquatic Resources Mitigation payment from Eversource Energy in the amount of $42,495.80 towards this acquisition. The balance of the transaction will be paid using the Conservation Fund which receives 100% of the Land Use Change Tax when land comes out of Current Use and has been used by the Conservation Commission to purchase and maintain conservation lands.
Belmont Conservation Commission celebrates $57,270 grant award 
Winni Echo Photo: Perry Smith — Courtesy Rick Ball, Belmont Land Use Technician, LCHIP Executive Director Dijit Taylor, Board President Amanda Merrill and Denise Naiva, Chairman of the Belmont Conservation Commission attended the presentation of the LCHIP awards. 12/13/2017

Jeff Marden Town Forest 
119 Wildlife Boulevard
Tax Lot 230-005-000-000

The Jeff Marden Town Forest is a 65 acre parcel located between Laconia Road, Wildlife Blvd, Main Street and Seavey Road; originally designated as the Belmont Town Forest by vote of the 1994 Town Meeting under RSA 31:110.  It was redesignated in Jeff Marden's memory in 2007.  The Conservation Commission, in Jeff's spirit, has a goal to make more trails within the JMTF universally accessible.

Jeff Marden Town Forest Brochure 
Town Forest Stewardship Plan 

Conservation Commission Tribute to Jeff Marden  2007

Beaver Dam Activity May, 2017

Tom Hayes' Eagle Scout Project Extends Accessible Trail in the Jeff Marden Town Forest 
Article and Pictures Daily Sun 11/18/16

BHS Students build footbridge in Marden Town Forest as "Community Contribution"  Daily Sun 5/19/15

Latest Huot student project will double length of accessible trails in Belmont Town Forest  Daily Sun 2/8/12

Benches to be added along handicap trail in Belmont Town Forest as Eagle Scout projectDaily Sun 1/13/12

Leslie E. Roberts Beach and Recreation Area
43 Leslie E. Roberts Drive
Tax Lot 201-013-000-000

Penstock Park
Main Street
Tax Lot 122-044-000-000

Pop's Woods
386 Durrell Mountain Road
Tax Lot 214-014-001-000

Forest Management Plan

2016  A small parking area has been constructed on Durrell Mountain Road servicing both the Pop's Woods and Andrew Sanborn Farm Conservation properties.

Sargent Park
Sargent Street
Tax Lot 125-008-000-000

Also see Belmont Parks & Recreation page for Recreations Programs

Tioga Rail Spur Trail and River Walk
21 Depot Street
Tax Lot 123-006-000-000

Tioga River Wildlife & Conservation Area
490 Depot Street
Tax Lot 234-004-000-000

Tioga Marsh & Winnipesaukee River

Work Day 4/2/16

Work Day 11/14/15

Work Day 5/19/12

BHS Students get a hands-on lesson in environmental science  Winni Echo 5/24/12
Volunteers needed to help eradicate invasive Glossy Buckthorn from the Tioga River Conservation Area  Daily Sun 5/15/12

Winnisquam Scenic Trail 
Tax Lot 104-001-000-000 (Part of)