A new 1,500-acre conservation area featuring 11 miles of hiking trails in Barrington, New Hampshire, will open to the public this weekend.

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will hold a grand opening celebration for Stonehouse Forest on Saturday, October 19. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and feature guide walks along the new trails.

Ledges offer impressive views of Stonehouse Pond. (Jerry Monkman/SELT Photo)

The forest was purchased from a European investor in 2017 and protected forever by SELT with support from community members and funding partners. The expansive landscape supports vibrant wildlife, free-flowing streams, ponds, and 11 miles of trails.

The trails around Stonehouse Pond offer sweeping views from ledges. Visitors can also see a 450-year-old black gum tree.