Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
US National Park – NH’s Pondicherry – Hiking – Wildlife Viewing
Discover New Hampshire’s Pondicherry – a National Wildlife Refuge in the White Mountains. The sights, sounds and wildlife of this unique area attract visitors from across the globe. Hikers, naturalists, photographers and visitors will enjoy the groomed walking trails, boardwalks and free parking areas. There is a nice selection of nearby inns, hotels and restaurants.
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According to Wiki, Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. Pondicherry ( or Ponducherry) was formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named for the largest, Pondicherry. The name means “New Town” in Tamil and Pondichéry in French.
In the New Hampshire White Mountain Region our “Pondicherry” is also a special place.
The NH area called Pondicherry is located at the base of the mountains north of the Presidential Range. Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge – the “crown jewel” of New Hampshire’s landscape is a region of ponds, wetlands, and forests.
The Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 by the US National Park Service. The Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is owned and managed by New Hampshire Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game.
The New Hampshire Bureau of Trails and a local Friends group also play a role in the management of the refuge.
Some of the recently spotted wildlife at Pondicherry include: White-winged scoters, black scoters, bufflehead, ring-necked ducks, greater yellowlegs, spruce grouse, and red squirrel.
Getting to Pondicherry
Directions: Access from Rte. 115 between the towns of Twin Mountain and Jefferson Highlands, the refuge is northwest of the road.
There is a parking area with a new kiosk along Airport Road. A wide dirt trail (a former rail grade, soon to be made universally accessible) leads from here north about a mile and a half to the new viewing platform at the edge of Cherry Pond.
The Little Cherry Pond hiking trail skirts the western edge of the pond and then leads west to a viewing platform at Little Cherry Pond.
Landowners: New Hampshire Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NH Department of Fish & Game. Pondicherry is located primarily in the New Hampshire town of Whitefield.
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