New Hampshire is full of amazing natural beauty. There are well-known attractions like the White Mountain National Forest, the seacoast, and the lakes. But have you ever heard of Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge? If you answered no, you’re missing out!
This 6,405 acre reserve stretches over many towns, but is most easily accessed from Jefferson. In the shadow of the Presidential Range, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge provides a unique wetland landscape that is less well-known but no less impressive.
The refuge includes ponds, wetlands, and forest, as well as an amazing view of the White Mountains. The view is stunning year-round.
The refuge is very popular with bird watchers. It is home to a huge variety of species. In 2004, the area was designated New Hampshire's first Important Bird Area for its role in breeding and migration patterns.
The refuge is also home to rare and beautiful plants, including this purple pitcher plant.
The area has five trails, which connect to other trails in the area including the Presidential Recreational Trail. One of the paths, the Mud Pond Trail, is wheel-chair accessible and only 0.6 miles long, meaning anyone can enjoy Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.
The area became a national natural landmark in 1974.
The refuge looks perfect for kayaking or canoeing, but only if you're willing to take your boat into the reserve, about 1.5 miles. Most people enjoy the reserve from land.
Which is just as beautiful.
To enjoy Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, access the reserve from the parking spot on Airport Road in Jefferson. From there, trails will take you toward Cherry Pond, where you can take in the whole area.