Explore the Meduxnekeag river valley on one of 5 walking trails ... or better yet, hike them all!
The Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve, which protects in-perpetuity rare habitats, consists of 18 separate Preserve locations with a total of about 415 ha (1000 acres) and more than 15 km (10 mi.) of shoreline along the river.
Located less than 10 km (6 mi.) from downtown Woodstock, this hidden gem covered with mature forest (both softwood and hardwood) includes a prominent wooded hill known as Wilson Mountain.
The 8 trails, situated in the Wilson Mountain, Leonard Woods, Van Dine Falls, Bell Flats and Jim Goltz Forest Preserves, offer the perfect setting to enjoy a leisurely afternoon walk or a visit that will turn into a fascinating day of learning.
See, touch and smell a number of rare and endangered species unique to this forested habitat. Study bear claw marks on a white birch tree; identify deer, moose and rabbit tracks; admire rare flowers such as Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild ginger and bloodroot when they are in season (however please refrain from picking them as they are being preserved).
Your opportunities for discovery are endless in the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve!