McCoy-Chapman Forest, Bethel


  • Preserve Size: 493 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.3 miles one way
  • Pets: Yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: views, stream crossings

In the spring of 2019, there was an approximately 2.3-mile track from the trailhead on North Road to a highpoint on the land and a view. 

The one-way track was mostly well marked, with blue arrows. There are three stream crossings—and only one with a bridge! So take care stepping across the stones in the creeks. The route to the view is a gradual uphill, so not terribly strenuous.

At the end of the marked path, you’ll reach an open clearing. Take a sharp right up a hillock to a small cleared area and a view of the western mountains.

Mahoosuc Land Trust protects this 493-acre forest, and is working to conserve a huge amount of land in the nearby vicinity. They will be making more trails in the McCoy-Chapman Forest as well, including a loop along the Androscoggin River and a trail that will run parallel to Chapman Brook. Good news!

Directions: From the intersection of Route 2 and North Road, drive about 5.25 miles, and look for the small land trust sign and an open field on your right. The trailhead is a little under a mile after you pass the Crocker Pond House. You can park on the side of the road. The path begins along the edge of the field before heading into the forest.