A short, fun ride that includes a visit to a virgin hemlock forest. Fox State Forest in Hillsboro protects almost 1,500 acres of forest that includes 22 miles of trails for hiking and biking. The forest is comprised mainly of northern hardwoods, oaks, and white pines, but there is also a stand of 450-year-old black gum trees and a grove of virgin hemlocks. This short loop is perfect for a quick early-morning or late-afternoon ride.
It visits the virgin hemlock grove as well as an interesting bog where a 21-foot-thick mat of peat is topped with carnivorous pitcher plants. Along the way you might see wild turkeys, great horned or barred owls, hawks, or white-tailed deer. If you have time to explore other parts of the forest, you can pick up a trail map at Fox headquarters and spend a few hours exploring all the nooks and crannies in the area. Highlights include Hurricane Road, the Black Gum Swamp, and Monroe Hill Tower with its views of Crotched Mountain and Mount Monadnock.
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