Squam Lake

The properties comprising Squam Lake were gifted to the University between 1965 and 1967 to make the area available for education and research while also maintaining the recreational use of the property.

Hosting one of UNH’s three natural areas, Squam offers a number of recreational opportunities. These are referenced in most local and regional recreation and hiking guides. A popular hiking trail runs from nearby rt 113 up to the top of West Rattlesnake mountain. This trail offers excellent views of Squam Lake and the surrounding area. Another trail offers visitors a chance to walk around five-finger point, one of the many unique peninsulas that protrude out into the lake.

Squam Lake has been determined by the NH Natural Heritage Bureau to host a unique plant community and is referenced in their guides to biodiversity on their website.


Take Route 16 North to Exit 15, Rt. 11. Follow Rt. 11 to 11B and make a right onto 11B. 11B will run right into Rt. 3. Take a right onto Rt. 3. Routes 3 and 25 will come together as you travel up to Squam, just follow this route until you hit Route 113 in Holderness. Take a right on 113 and travel about 5 miles to Pinehurst Rd. This road is a right hand turn and should be marked by signs for Deephaven, and/or Rockywood. Travel down Pinehurst until you see a gate. Pull off to the right just before the gate and you will see a small dirt parking area on the left. Park here and walk up through the gate. There is a sugar shack on the left and a sign that lists all trails. Follow that to the trails. Five finger point trail basically follows the road, while West Rattlesnake heads up the hill. Both trails should be marked.


PARKING: N 43°46.534', W 71°32.388'