Plainfield Sanctuary, Plainfield, NH
An unusually diverse assemblage of wildflower and fern species graces the steep banks of a wooded roadside in this 86-acre sanctuary. Please stay on the road at all times. Climbing on the steep bank will disturb this sensitive habitat and the intriguing plants which grow here. All plants including lime-loving species, woodland wildflowers and riverbank flora can be seen from the road. Woodland wildflowers--including various hepaticas, bloodroot, wild columbine, fringed polygala and rock saxifrage--bloom between late April and early June. The state of New Hampshire’s Critical Areas Program has designated the site as a “unique area,” and the “Sanctuaries of NH” describes it as suited for ecological research.
Ms. Judy Ptak, 727 Route 12A, Plainfield, NH 03781; phone: 603-675-5860.
Take I-93 north almost to Concord, NH and then proceed northwesterly on I-89. Take take exit 20 off I-89, turn left at the end of the ramp on to Route 12A and head south for 3.5 miles. Bear right on River Road and go 4.1 miles to the Sanctuary parking area - a pull-off on the right hand side of the road.
Sanctuary Visitation Rules
The following activities are prohibited on all New England Wild Flower Society sanctuaries:
♦ Camping, Fires, or Smoking
♦ Trail bikes, trikes and ATV’s
♦ Horseback riding
♦ Removal of plant material
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
New England Wild Flower Society hopes you will enjoy your visit to our Sanctuaries. Please be aware there are certain risks incidental to visiting our Sanctuaries which include – but are not limited to – hills, uneven terrain, insects and slippery areas. You walk the trails at your own risk, so please exercise caution. Please note -- there is no staff at our Sanctuaries if you should encounter difficulty or require assistance.