Zoar State Forest Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Divided into two noncontiguous parcels, Zoar State Forest has two separate hikes, each with its own character. The Main Trail passes the Pollard family farmstead and highlights forestry practices en route. The Nature Trail traces the scenic Mattaponi River and its tributary, Herring Creek.
The town of Ayletts was named for William Aylett, whose Colonial estate was located here. In 1782 Robert Pollard purchased the land north of town that would become his family’s farmstead. According to forest literature, Ayletts was, at the time, a crossroads of such ill repute that Pollard named his home Mount Zoar in reference to the biblical city where Lot took refuge after fleeing Gomorrah."