The Rocks Estate, best known for its Christmas tree farm, and spring maple tours, has been added to New Hampshire Grand as a certified grand adventure. The 1,400-acre estate in Bethlehem is also the North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The property is open to visitors year round for structured and self-guided tours and programs. Originally the summer home of the affluent Glessner family, The Rocks Estate includes several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A maintained trails system is for visitors year-round, leading them on short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past scenic views of the Presidential Range and preserved wildlife habitat.
During the winter, The Rocks offers dog sled rides in partnership with Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, another certified New Hampshire Grand adventure. Coming up this spring is its popular maple experience, taking guests on tours to learn the history of maple sugaring, helping to tap a tree, take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the property and then get a taste of syrup made onsite. During summer and fall, visitors can check out the New Hampshire Maple Experience museum, which contains exhibits of maple-sugaring tools and artifacts from the collection of Charlie Stewart, who sugared for decades in nearby Sugar Hill.
For information on the Rocks, visit www.therocks.org. For information on the nonprofit New Hampshire Grand, official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains, visit www.nhgrand.org