View a map of Candia's
Conservation Land. There are more detailed maps of
some of the town-owned parcels below.
Here are just a few places of interest in Candia.
Kinnicum Pond is one of Candia's most sensitive areas.
Known as a peat bog, it includes the headwaters of Moose
Meadows. It contains some specialized plant species.
This parcel is in one of the few remaining large unfragmented
blocks in Candia and the town Open Space Plan recommends
it for protection. Access in warm weather is from the
south, but visitors need to be VERY careful to stand
on the plywood pieces located there, or they will sink
The Heron Rookery is another sensitive area in Candia.
It's proximity to paved roads and increasing development
makes it vulnerable to extinction. The rookery sits on
the edge of a large unfragmented block, which also contains
the town forest and Kinnicum Pond. The town Open Space
Plan recommends protection of this block. There have
been as many as 10 nests counted at the rookery in the
past, however the numbers are dwindling. Visitors are
asked to come after June, when the young chicks are less
vulnerable to the intrusion. From the shore, one can
watch young Great Blue Herons sit patiently on their
treetop nests, waiting for parents to come and feed them.
It's a sight worth waiting to see, and a natural treasure
Thanks to the generosity of the townspeople of Candia
at the 2005 Town Meeting, Candia was able to purchase
the Deerfield Road Town Forest—82 acres on Deerfield
Road. It is a key parcel in the important wildlife corridor
linking Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway State Parks. There
are two hiking trails on the property and a map is
available for viewing and printing. Thanks to Jim Lindsey
for creating the map.
The Conservation Land Parcels are located on New Boston
Road. There are walking trails throughout the area, which
is primarily a conifer stand with some mixed hardwoods.
The boy scouts have identified many of the different
species of trees.
The Flint Road Town Forest is a 66 acre tract located
on Flint Road. A trail on the property is named after
a local doctor, Hermann Sander, who donated the land
to the town. Some of the trails leading through it were
developed by Candia Eagle Scouts. This parcel sits on
the edge of one of the few remaining large unfragmented
blocks in Candia, which the town Open Space Plan recommends
for protection. The block also contains Kinnicum Pond
and a heron rookery. The Conservation Commission has
developed a management plan for the town forest, which
will be used as an exemplary model for local landowners/loggers.