Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge This area was farmed in colonial times; until recently it was part of the former Pease Air Force Base. The open fields and oak and pine forests retain reminders of the human presence. more info
Blue Job Mountain State Forest
Description: A fire tower atop a small mountain offers panoramic views of the eastern part of the state.
Wildlife to Watch: The best time to visit Blue Job Mountain is during the fall hawk migration. As many as 800 broad-winged hawks have been seen in one day between September 15 and 20.
In the spring and early summer, chestnut-sided warblers and rufous-sided towhees are abundant. A trail leads from the fire tower to Little Blue Job Mountain, which is covered in blueberry bushes. When the berries are ripe, the area hosts a variety of wildlife, including foxes and bears.
Other Activities: A short, easy uphill climb brings you to the fire tower; the trail passes through an old blueberry field, now growing in with young aspen.
Ownership: DRED-Division of Forests and Lands
Size: 284 acres Closest Town: Rochester
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Driving Directions: From Rochester, drive west on Route 202A. Two miles past Meaderboro Corner, take Crown Point Road, which bears right. Continue for 5.5 miles, past farmland and woods. Look for the parking area on the right; it is on private property, across from a farmhouse. The trail begins to the left of the parking area, on private land. It is not marked with a sign, but is well worn.