Ownership: Forest Society
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) owns and manages the 187-acre McCabe Forest as a conservation area for wildlife, water quality, timber, and public recreation. Donated to the Forest Society by Dorothy McCabe in 1982, the McCabe Forest features extensive frontage on the Contoocook River, widely varied and productive wildlife habitat, well-managed pine and hardwood forests, and a host of wildflowers and other plants. The Forest Society is the oldest membership-driven conservation organization in NH.
Directions: From the center of Antrim, follow Route 202 North. To get to the original entrance in approximately 0.2 miles turn right onto Elm St. Extension Rd. Parking area is 300' on the right. There is a kiosk there. There is also a new entrance and parking area about .6 mi further north on Route 202.
Activities: bird watching, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, walking
Use Policies: Dogs are allowed but must be under “owner control” by voice or leash, and owners need to pick up after their dogs, no wheeled vehicles are allowed, registered geocaches are permitted.
Web Link: www.forestsociety.org
Associations: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society)
Amenities: There are no restrooms or water available.
Maps: Yes, a two mile trail map is available at the kiosk area.
The following picture was taken by Chelsea Purington and was awarded 2nd prize in the Lion Clubs 2012 Photography contest.
Trails: This two mile counterclockwise loop trail starts at the parking lot and meanders through the woods and along the Contoocook River passing 18 stations featuring some of the natural resources you will see on your walk.
In early spring and/or at times of extensive rain, some of the loop trails may be flooded over, so you may have to back-track or find another spur trail.
There is a kiosk in the parking lot which contains a trail guide with a description of these stations. Within the loop of the trail is the home and barns which used to belong to Dorothy McCabe but are now privately owned and should be respected as such.