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Kimball Hill Wildlife Management Area

Town: Groton


County: Grafton


Acres: 2,831


Acquisition History:  This property consists of two parcels. The 100-acre Merrill parcel was acquired December 20, 2018. The adjoining 2,730.75-acre Kimball Hill parcel was acquired from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on March 1, 2019. TNC retained a conservation easement on that portion of the property.


Description: This very steep and rugged property has two peaks over 2,000 feet and several more just under that.  It has portions of two rivers, the Cockermouth flowing east to Newfound Lake and the South Branch of the Baker River. Atwell Brook, a large tributary to the Cockermouth River runs north along the eastern boundary. The property is nearly all forested with a mixture of forest types and age classes.


Common Wildlife: The Kimball Hill WMA is within an area of extensive conservation lands stretching from Mount Cardigan to the south to the White Mountain National forest in Rumney to the north. It provides excellent habitat for wide-ranging mammal species including bear, moose and bobcat as well as interior forest birds. Past management activity has created extensive areas of young forest that benefit ruffed grouse and snowshoe hare, and provides woody browse used by deer and moose. The Cockermouth River and Atwell Brook provide good fishing opportunities.


Directions:  The Kimball Hill WMA is located west of Newfound Lake on Sculptured Rocks Road in Groton. From the center of Hebron located at the north end of Newfound Lake take Groton Road. At approximately 1.7 miles take a left onto Sculptured Rocks Road.  Continue for 2.7 miles and the majority of the property will be on your left.  Access can also be had off of the Class VI Orange Rd which runs along Atwell Brook. The WMA is lies to the west of the road.


Important Note: There is no public access from the start of Kimball Hill Road, as the beginning of that road is a private driveway on private land.


DeLorme NH Atlas and Gazetteer Coordinates: Kimball Hill WMA: Page 38, J6




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