Boston Lot Conservation Area

Short Description

Trails on 439 acres circle Boston Lot Lake, climb Burnt Mountain, loop around Honeysuckle Hill, and connect to the power lines and DHMC. The park includes seven miles of trails amd is rated 3 - 4 or moderate difficulty. Parking is available at the picnic area on the east side of NH 10 just north of Wilder Dam.


Camping is allowed in the Boston Lot Conservation Area but you must apply for a permit first. Please contact the Planning and Development Office at 603-448-1457 for more information. The permit cannot be completed online as we need to verify information prior to a permit being issued.


Boston Lot is a forested upland area. The Boston Lot Reservoir, (elevation 638 feet) is ringed by ridges. Several small streams flow into the reservoir, and one stream flows from the dam spillway to the Connecticut River.

The Bedrock is primarily Lebanon Granite, a medium- to coarse-grained pink rock. Near the western boundary, the Lebanon Granite is a border gneiss. The soils are shallow, so outcrops of bedrock are common and easily observed along the shore of the reservoir. Glacial boulders are common, especially on the slopes east of the reservoir where large boulders are found. Steep ledges are prominent on the southeast slope of Burnt Mountain.

Flora & Fauna

The land area of Boston Lot is completely forested with a wide variety of species typical of a northeastern mixed deciduous-coniferous climax forest. The dominant species are sugar maple, beech, red oak, hemlock and white pine.

Pure stands of white pine and white birch occur. Most of the species are characteristic of moist woods resulting from poorly drained soils. Because this area was once cleared, most of the trees are less than 12 inches in diameter. However, there are some large red oaks and white pines; one red oak, nicknamed "Big Red," near the western boundary, is over 16 feet in circumference.

Wildflowers abound in Boston Lot. The spring wildflowers include hepaticas, mayapples, ladyslippers, yellow violets and trailing arbutus. Christmas fern and maidenhair fern are common.

The area is home to abundant wildlife, including squirrels, weasels, bear, fishers, rabbits, foxes, skunk, mink, beavers, bobcat, moose and deer. Numerous migrating and resident species of birds can be observed in the area, including the first authenticated sighting of a turkey vulture nest this far north. Loons and barred owls have also been seen at the Lot. The 46-acre lake contains perch, pickerel, bass and horned pout.
Boston Lot Conservation Area Map