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Places to Visit: Sculptured Rocks Natural Area - Groton NH

Groton NH   The Cockermouth River looks tame enough... but over the millennia, its flowing waters have fashioned a granite fantasyland known as Sculptured Rocks Natural Area. Sculptured Rocks began many years ago as a one-acre acquisition by the state of New Hampshire; today, the area encompasses hundreds of acres of conservation land. Sugar maple, yellow birch, hemlock and pine have grown up out of former pastureland to create a unique forest habitat.

It's a nice place to have a picnic, take some pictures, explore, fish for brook trout. Most of all, it's a geologist's -- or a surrealist's -- dream: the rock has been smoothly scoured into polished ledges, potholes, and serpentine shapes -- the strangest collection of natural artwork this side of Utah.

Sculptured Rocks offers no conveniences -- just a place to park and a walking trail -- but the scenery and recreation make it one of the natural gems of New Hampshire.

Sculptured Rocks is two miles west of Groton village between N.H. Routes 3A and 118. Access is from Sculptured Rocks Road, off Groton Road. The N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation maintains a page about Sculptured Rocks at

Taken from Wildlife Journal


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