James & Eleanor Crider Forest
In the fall of 2016, a timber harvest was conducted on the Crider and Rumrill Family Forests in accordance with our written forest management plan. The harvest covered about 100 acres (of the 164 acre property). Access for the harvest was via Protection Road, which is also used by hikers on the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail (MSGT) to access the Crider Shelter. The Crider Shelter was built around 1996 on the forest as one of the many shelters servicing this long distance trail. The trail to the shelter is a short spur from the main MSGT trail, no other hiking opportunities exist on the property. For more information about the MSGT visit: http://www.msgtc.org/(link is external). Goals for the harvest include regenerating white pine in a stand of mature white pine that surrounds the shelter. The result has opened up a view of Dakin Hill from the shelter which provides a new sunset backdrop. Large trees that posed a safety concern above the shelter were removed during this harvest as well. A Picture Post has been installed about 100' south of the Crider Shelter for visitors to use their cameras or smartphones to document changes to the harvested area over time. Please use it if you do visit the shelter! Directions can be found on the post itself.
While all of our reservations are open to the public, this property may be difficult to access due to a lack of developed recreation features. This property may not have maintained trails, signage, or easily accessible parking. If you are comfortable visiting under these conditions, the property is available for low-impact recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, or just walking to observe nature.
The Forest Society primarily manages this property for sustainable forestry, productive wildlife habitat, and other conservation benefits in support of the surrounding community.
Help us care for this property by following these guidelines during your visit:
- 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, except at shelter
- No campfires
- Hunting and fishing are allowed
- Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed
Seasons of Availability
Open dawn to dusk
Visitor Use Guidelines
Full list of use guidelines available HERE
Please note that this property may be difficult to access in winter due to winter roadside parking bans and/or unplowed parking areas.