John Kulish Forest / Welch Family Farm and Forest

Location: 1 Welch Farm Rd, Route 123, Hancock, NH  03449

Category: Hiking, Skiing - Cross Country, Snowshoeing,

John Kulish Forest and Welch Family Farm together create 366 acres of primitive forest for an adventurous hiker or wildlife lover. Kulish and Welch Forests abut each other on the northwest side of Hancock. About 2 miles of moderate to strenuous trails and old, overgrown dirt roads help with traversing the old growth pine, oak, maple, and birch forest; though much of the trails are unmarked and some parts frequently flood due to beaver dams. If they can find it, hikers will enjoy exploring the remains of the old Welch Family Homestead built by the family after immigrating from Ireland circa 1860s. It was used as a summer boarding house around the turn of the 20th century for people from the cities to relax. Lightly trafficked and secluded, these two neighbor forests are perfect for wildlife viewing. Some people have been lucky to spot a bobcat here.