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McCoy Chapman

An out-and-back trail rises to the hills to the north rewarding the hiker with spectacular views of surrounding mountains. The Chapman Brook and Sam’s trails make a nice loop that features Chapman Brook’s waterfalls. A loop trail on the south side of the road begins along an esker before meandering along the Androscoggin River. This 493-acre property has something for everyone and connects to a larger network of conserved forest lands.


How to get there

From Bethel, head east on US-2, turn left on the North Road, the first road after crossing the bridge over the river. A large year-round parking lot is on the left, 5.3 miles from US-2. A very small parking lot is located on the south side of North Road approximately 0.1 miles before the large parking lot, and is intended for use by individuals with mobility issues to access the Androscoggin River and the Esker Trail; this smaller lot may be gated in winter.

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Notes on Topography, plants, and animals

This preserve has many dramatic features, including a 1600’ rise in elevation, Chapman Brook, waterfalls, fields, and an esker. The diverse habitats of forest, field, and riverfront also support various birds and wildlife, including bears and eagles.

Habitat for All

How this place became open to the public

Long before her estate deeded this stunning 493-acre parcel to Mahoosuc Land Trust, Geneva “Ginnie” McCoy quietly let it be known that she had hopes that her North Road property would remain in a natural state after her lifetime. With generous financial gifts from MLT members, foundations, and McCoy family members Tammy MacDormand, Jack Chapman, and Elizabeth and Barre Tozloski. MLT acquired this property in 2019.


Forest management

The McCoy-Chapman Forest has been well managed for timber for generations. We are expanding on this foundation and diversifying forest management goals to include enhancing wildlife habitat and potential carbon sequestration, protecting the headwaters of Chapman Brook while producing merchantable timber.
Learn more about the McCoy Forest management plan
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