Cornish Town Forest: Rich Mesic Forest and Wildflowers
Description: This property supports a small and diverse example of rich mesic forest. The community begins immediately at the trailhead. The tree canopy consists of a mix of sugar maple, basswood, hemlock, beech, white ash, red maple, and yellow birch. Underneath, plants such as maidenhair fern, wild leek, hepatica, Christmas fern, Goldie’s fern, blue cohosh, zigzag goldenrod, wood nettle, and wide-leaved sedges blanket the hillside. The rich forest plants drop out before the first trail junction. The rest of the trail passes through less diverse, hemlock-dominated hemlock - beech - oak - pine forest.
While only containing a small patch of rich mesic forest, this site provides an excellent opportunity to easily see many of that community's characteristic plant species. Visit in late April or early May to see spring ephemeral wildflowers.
Note: The soil is loose on the steep slope and the footing can be rough. Please be careful and only walk on the marked trail.
Directions: From Claremont, take Rte. 120 about 5 miles north to Jackson Rd in Cornish. Go left on Jackson Rd for about 3 miles to Tandy Brook Rd. Go left for about 0.75 miles on Tandy Brook Rd and park at the trailhead pullover on the right.
Landowner: Town of Cornish
Hiking trail through patch of rich mesic forest in Cornish Town Forest (photo by Ben Kimball)
maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) at Cornish Town Forest (photo by Ben Kimball)
blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia) at Cornish Town Forest (photo by Ben Kimball)
Goldie's fern (Dryopteris goldiana) at Cornish Town Forest (photo by Ben Kimball)
Plantain-leaved sedges, Christmas fern, and intermediate fern in a rich mesic forest
patch in the northeastern corner of Cornish Town Forest (photo by Ben Kimball)
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