This ecologically rich conservation land has a 1.5-mile trail system with bridges that wind through the heart of the Cockermouth River delta, and observation platforms for views and contemplation. Grey Rocks was donated to the NLRA by the McLane family in 2011. Today, wandering the level and well-marked trails is a perfect way to breath fresh air in a serene setting and to experience an intimate connection with Nature. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are allowed, but owners are responsible for removing all pet waste. Please remember, Grey Rocks is a Leave No Trace, carry-in/carry-out property.
Things you can do at Grey Rocks:
- Launch non-motorized, carry-in boats at our ramp. Paddling is perhaps the best way to fully appreciate the subtle wonders of Grey Rocks as a gateway to Newfound Lake!
- Take a Newfound Eco-Tour
- Fish (licenses required for ages 16 and older)
- Walk to Grey Rocks Point for serenity, scenery and wildlife viewing.
To support this effort and future improvements to the property, we invite you to buy a board on our bridge where you can list your family’s name or any message with up to 25 text characters. We hope that you will continue to enjoy the Grey Rocks property, and will share your ideas for its future with us. Call 603-744-8689 or email us.
Grey Rocks Permaculture
As part of a three-year plan to protect the quality of Newfound Lake and its watershed, NLRA has launched a project to restore the former Grey Rocks commercial area to more natural conditions. This involves a comprehensive redesign of the property using permaculture principles, essentially creating a master plan to govern future uses, including built structures, modifications to the natural environment and activities in a way that maintains and potentially improves water quality and the sustainability of the environment.
NLRA is working with Resilience Planning and Design, LLC of Plymouth, who, with assistance from Plymouth State University students, is analyzing the two-acre portion of Grey Rocks slated for restoration and soliciting feedback from stakeholders for the project design. This project has the potential to be a national model for sustainable development. We invite you to be a part of this planning process and/or to participate in the projects resulting from the plan.