The Rocks Estate
The Rocks Estate is the North Country Conservation and Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Estate was originally the home of the well-known Glessner family, original partners in International Harvester Company of Chicago. The property is known for its top class Christmas Tree Farm and Maple Tours (during the Spring and Fall).
The Rocks Estate’s popular springtime New Hampshire Maple Experience takes guests on a tour to learn the history of sugaring, help tap a sugar maple tree, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the property, and get a taste of the syrup made onsite.
Visitors to The Rocks during the summer and fall months — from June 1 through Columbus Day — may visit the New Hampshire Maple Experience museum for a self-guided tour, including a video demonstration of maple sugaring. The museum contains a display of maple sugaring tools and artifacts from the extensive collection of Charlie Stewart, who sugared for decades in nearby Sugar Hill.
From the Saturday before Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, explore the holiday gift shop and choose and cut their own tree. The Rocks staff will even help you tie your tree to your car, ensuring a safe ride home!
The Rocks Estate includes several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A maintained trails system welcomes visitors year-round, leading guests on short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past scenic views of the mountains of the Presidential Range and preserved wildlife habitat.
The Rocks has been described as a modern day Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, complete with the jingling bells of the horse-drawn wagon rides and roasted marshmallows at the fire pit. The Rocks is truly an experience regardless of the season and amongst its many attractions is also a beautiful place to simply enjoy a picnic, look for wildlife, or take in the view!
The Rocks Estate
4 Christmas Lane (just off Route 302)
Bethlehem, NH 03574