MAHOOSUC LAND TRUST
Made up of 880-acres that includes nine mainland parcels and more than 30 islands, extends over an 8.7 mile stretch of the Androscoggin River.
The islands and many of the mainland parcels are managed primarily as “wild lands” protecting natural resources and wildlife. A public three-mile network of hiking trails developed by MLT and the Shelburne Trails Club were designed using NH Fish and Game “Trails for People and Wildlife” datasets to minimize wildlife impacts.
How to get there
From Bethel, head east on US-2, turn right on Meadow Road past the Shelburne Village, cross the river and then turn right on North Road. The parking lot is on the right approximately two miles east of Meadow Road and is marked by an MLT yardarm sign. Visitors coming from New Hampshire on US-2 can access North Road from either Meadow Road or the western North Road junction.
The parking lot was designed for only four vehicles and is plowed in the winter at the end of a storm. Parking along the road is not permitted. The trailhead is reached via a short walk on a woods road from the parking lot.
Notes on Topography, plants, and animals
The Riverland’s 14 miles of forested river shoreline and 4 miles of stream shoreline buffers provide travel corridors that are important to a number of species. The surrounding forest offers cover habitat for species such as white-tailed deer, bear, and moose moving between the White Mountain National Forest and the large forest blocks of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range to the north.
The shorelines, stream channels, and wetlands also provide significant habitat for waterfowl including kingfishers, mergansers, great blue heron, Canada geese, and even common loons on the impoundment above the Shelburne Dam. Bald eagles have successfully raised their young along the Riverlands islands and shoreline during the past two decades and are often seen flying over this stretch of the river. River otters also make their home on the river and its many channels, with the river quality now rated Class B.