White Mountain National Forest - Moose Nature Trail
The trail and trailhead are on US Route 2 in Bethel on the property of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), behind the former WMNF ranger station which is now occupied by the Mahoosuc Land Trust.
From East: Coming into Bethel on US Route 2, you will cross a bridge over the Androscoggin River. Shortly after the route intersects ME Route 26 (there will be a RiteAid on the right). Stay in the right lane and continue straight on US Route 2 for another 100 feet to the driveway of the Mahoosuc Land Trust on the right, just before the overpass. Immediately after turning right into the driveway, turn left and continue to the kiosk. Park here or continue on to the small loop and park on the right side. The trail starts and ends at the back of the loop.
From West: Approaching Bethel on US Route 2, the route curve left on an overpass. Immediately after the overpass, turn left into the driveway of the Mahoosuc Land Trust. Take another immediate left and continue to the kiosk. Park here or continue on to the small loop and park on the right side. The trail starts and ends at the back of the loop.
Walk to the back of the loop road and into the woods at the sign. The trail wanders through the impressive white pines with several signs identifying tree species. It ends back on the paved road next to the starting trailhead.
This property is a good example of a small in-town forest. Much of Maine is good habitat for the vigorous white pine and land left alone for any length of time will gradually transition from mixed forest to all pine. The northern white pine was once the most important timber tree in the country and the main economic engine of New England for 300 years. Stands of 1000's trees 5 feet in diameter, 150 feet tall and 200 years old were not uncommon. A few trees were measured to be 240 feet tall. All but a tiny handful of those majestic virgin trees are long gone. This stand hints at that, with trees merely a third that height.
The trail is located at the office of the Mahoosuc Land Trust (MLT) which maintains the trail. MLT encourages public interest in land conservation and works to strengthen the connection between people and the land. They support a balance of growth and conservation and emphasize sustainable forestry, recreation, agriculture and traditional land uses.
Visit the Mahoosuc Land Trust online for more information or contact:
Mahoosuc Land Trust
PO Box 981
162 North Road
Bethel, ME 04217
Phone: (207) 824-3806
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