Moody Mountain Forest Reservation
The Forest Society sponsored a free, guided hike at the new Moody Mountain Forest Reservation in Wolfeboro in June, 2016. The hike was a fitting celebration of one of our newest permanent forest reservations: the beautiful 252-acre Moody Mountain Forest Reservation. The group walked to the height of land along a new, 1.5-mile-long loop trail. A privately-owned cabin at the summit is located on private property owned by the donor and her family
Land donor Cecily Clark purchased the property in1972. In 1994, Cecily and her family donated conservation easements on 452 acres. In November of 2014, Cecily donated the 252 acres on Moody Mountain to The Forest Society and requested a trail be built to provide recreational access for the community. The reservation is named after Abner Moody, Cecily Clark’s great, great, great grandfather, who was granted the adjacent 320-acre Moody Mountain Farm for his Revolutionary War service
Forest Society naturalist Dave Anderson and forester Wendy Weisiger guided the easy, relatively-short hike through a beech-oak-hemlock forest and areas of red spruce and white pine. Stone walls reveal the land’s former use as pasture land. At the summit, donor Cecily Clark and friends greeted the hikers and celebrated the opening of this new hiking trail for the Lakes Region.
This really fun group was pleased to learn about the land from its donor and to applaud the foresight and generosity of Cecily Clark, who hs entrusted the care and stewardship of the tract to the Forest Society.