Madame Sherri Forest
Description: Scenic hike through at least four exemplary natural communities, including dry Appalachian oak forest, Appalachian oak - pine rocky ridge, birch - mountain maple wooded talus, and Appalachian wooded talus, as well as a visit to the foundation remains of an old castle-like estate.
The main trail initially parallels the right side of a beaver pond. At the far end of the pond, the trail slopes upward and climbs adjacent to a stream to Indian Pond. The pond is framed by forested hills. At a fork, hikers can bear left to the top of Daniels Mtn., or right to the top of Mt. Wantastiquet. The trail to Mt. Wantastiquet climbs steeply past ledges overlooking the pond, and Mine Ledge beyond.
Directions: Access the Madame Sherri Forest at the entrance on Gulf Road in Chesterfield.
From the east: Take Rte. 63 south from Rte. 9 through Chesterfield Village past the town hall (or north from Hinsdale). At 1.6 miles from Rte. 9, take a right on Stage Rd. and then shortly after bear left onto Castle Rd. Castle Rd will join Gulf Rd and continues 2.6 miles (from Rte. 63) to the Madame Sherri Forest. There will be a red gate on the left.
From the west: Take Rte. 9 across the Connecticut River from Brattleboro. Take a right just after the Riverside Store (right along the river). Immediately take a left on Gulf Rd. and continue for 2.2 miles to the forest entrance (on the right).
Landowner: Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Madame Sherri Forest portion of site) and NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (Mt. Wantastiquet portion of site).
Images (hold mouse over image for caption)
Remains of the old house at Madame Sherri Forest (photo by Melissa Coppola)
Mtn. laurel in bloom at Mme. Sherri Forest (photo by Melissa Coppola)
Edge of Indian Pond at Mme. Sherri Forest (photo by Melissa Coppola)
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