Recreation

Is boating allowed on Forest Society Reservations?

Boating is allowed on Forest Society Reservations that: have an existing boat access (Creek Farm, Grafton Pond); Have shoreline frontage with access from other points (Flint Memorial Forest, Conservation Center, Wilkins-Campbell Reservation); Have existing trail access where people can park vehicles outside the Forest Society Reservation and carry a boat to water (WIlkins-Campbell Reservation, Washburn Family Forest)      Boating is not allowed on Heald Pond (Heald

Can I camp or have a camp fire on Forest Society Land?

Neither overnight camping nor the use of fire is allowed on Forest Society Reservations at this time.

Can I place a geocache on a Forest Society Reservation?

Geocaching and the placement of geocaches is permitted on most Forest Society reservations, but cache locations and types must be pre-approved by the Reservation Stewardship Department to avoid unnecessary damage to cultural and natural resources.

 http://www.forestsociety.org/sites/default/files/GEOCACHE_IDENTIFICATION_FORM-SPNHF.pdf

Can I use a metal detector on Forest Society Reservations?

Recreational/treasure hunting use of metal detectors on Forest Society property is prohibited.  The only use of metal detectors that is allowed is limited to academic research, with those activities guided and controlled by a written Memorandum of Understanding document.

Can I ride my mountain bike on Forest Society Reservations?

Non-motorized bicycle use is permitted on most Forest Society reservations, but is confined to woods roads that can support local and occasional bicycle use. It is strongly encouraged that mountain bikes not be used during mud seasons. Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails or off-trail/off-road. 

Is swimming allowed in lakes/ponds within Forest Society Reservations?

We're sorry but there are no public swimming facilities on any body of water accessed by Forest Society lands.

Is trapping allowed on Forest Society Reservations?

Yes, we allow trapping on our lands in compliance with State laws and where it won’t conflict with other uses on a reservation.

Do you allow Hunting on your Reservations?

Yes, hunting consistent with state law is allowed on all Forest Society reservations unless explicitly posted otherwise.  You do not need to ask permission to hunt on a reservation.  Temporary tree stands which attach to a tree without damaging it in any way are also permitted.