Two miles of hiking trails wind through upland pine-oak-hemlock forests, fields, old orchards, and silver maple floodplain forest along the Contoocook River. The terrain is relatively flat. Because of the wide variety of habitats, wildlife observation opportunities are excellent at McCabe Forest.
From the parking area on Route 202, the trail loops easterly toward the Contoocook River and two portions of the trail run along the banks of the river. This is slow moving water, home to warm water fish. Be forewarned that in the warm seasons, the wetlands and marshes on the McCabe Forest are known for breeding healthy populations of fish food….mosquitoes, and go prepared with your favorite insect repellant.
“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
· No campfires
· Hunting and fishing are allowed
· Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed”
*WINTER ACCESS: The parking at this property is not plowed during winter.* McCabe Forest is best accessed from the parking area on the east side of Route 202, about a mile north of the center of Antrim. There is a property sign and kiosk in this location. The parking area can accommodate approximately eight cars.