The trails pass through pine and hardwood forests that were lightly managed by donor Quentin Hutchins. You’ll see pines that were thinned and pruned many years ago, and evidence of recent forest management by the Forest Society designed to further improve the forest stands. Look for pines where the lower branches were pruned off (you can still see telltale marks in the tree bark where a branch was sawn off). There is a large beaver meadow in the northerly portion of the property, which can be seen from Route 132.
There are small, struggling remnants of the once robust population of American Chestnut growing in the understory of the forest. These trees survive by sprouting from the old root system, over and over. Sadly, as the tree stems grow large enough to be able to flower, an exotic invasive disease, chestnut blight, chokes the tree’s circulatory system, causing the stems to die. To learn more about the effort to combat chestnut blight and return this majestic tree to our forests, go to http://www.acf.org/.
- This property is open dawn to dusk
- Carry out all trash
- Dogs must remain under control and owners must pack out all dog waste
- No motorized wheeled vehicles
- No camping
- No campfires
- Hunting and fishing are allowed
- Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed
ACCESS: The parking at this property is not plowed.* There is one small
pull-off on Route 132 for a few cars to park at the trailhead to the
Hutchins Forest. Trails are marked with yellow rectangles. There is
another pull-off at the former log landing on Pickard Road. The landing
is blocked with several large boulders. There are no signs or maps at
the landing area.