Hobbs Fern Sanctuary, Lyman, NH
Perhaps the most unique natural area owned by New England Wild Flower Society, this 240-acre property hosts over 40 varieties of ferns including several rare species and unusual wood fern hybrids. An enriched slope and ledge area host an abundance of maiden hair fern, bulblet fern, silvery glade fern, as well as hepatica, bloodroot, and spring beauty. Other features include woodfern swamp with multiple species of Pyrola and showy lady-slipper and acres of boreal spruce/fir forest dotted with beaver ponds and unique wetlands.
Christopher Mattrick, 50 Mad River Road, Campton, NH 03223; phone: 860-930-1036.
From Route 302 in New Hampshire travel to the junction of route 302 and route 117 north of Lisbon, NH. Just north of this intersection turn to the west on Lyman Road. The sanctuary is five miles up Lyman Road from its intersection with route 302. The sanctuary entrance is to the rear of a small house on the right hand side of the road, directly across from Hubbardton Road. The house is white with green trim. There is a screened in porch on the front of the house: on the porch is a sign that says Sunnybank. Park in the driveway of this house. The trails begin to the left of the open garage. Lyman Road is a very twisty and windy road with many forks – stay on the main road for 5 miles. If you pass the Lyman Town Hall on the left or the Grange Hall on the right you have gone one house too far.
Sanctuary Visitation Rules
The following activities are prohibited on all New England Wild Flower Society sanctuaries:
♦ Camping, Fires, or Smoking
♦ Trail bikes, trikes and ATV’s
♦ Horseback riding
♦ Removal of plant material
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
New England Wild Flower Society hopes you will enjoy your visit to our Sanctuaries. Please be aware there are certain risks incidental to visiting our Sanctuaries which include – but are not limited to – hills, uneven terrain, insects and slippery areas. You walk the trails at your own risk, so please exercise caution. Please note -- there is no staff at our Sanctuaries if you should encounter difficulty or require assistance.