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.
Approximate location: N 43°46.534', W 71°32.388
For the Armstrong Natural Area, take 113 North out of Holderness for 5.5 miles. Park in the trailhead for West Rattlesnake Mt on the right. Follow the bridle path uphill for about 1000’; the boundary to UNH property is marked by a sign.
Access to Five Finger Point can be gained by parking off of Pinehurst road at a small parking lot. Special access to for research or educational needs can be gained by contacting the Woodlands Office.