Gracing the western slope of Puzzle Mountain with paved road frontage, internal trails, and outstanding views of the Mahoosuc Range and Bear River Valley, this forest is within minutes of Bethel and Sunday River Ski Resort.
The forest is located in the heart of the mountains of western Maine, just 5 miles north of Route 2 and about 10 miles north of Bethel Village. The New Hampshire border is approximately 18 miles to the west via Rout 26. Sunday River Ski Resort, a 20-minute drive away, is home to some of the best skiing in the region.
The parcel fronts Route 26, known locally as Bear River Road. A small parking area on the east side of Route 26, approximately 5 miles north of the intersection with Route 2, denotes the entrance to the parcel via a woods road that proceeds easterly and upslope through the parcel’s “panhandle.” A small network of former logging trails and truck roads provide convenient interior access for recreation and continued forestry.
The terrain begins gently along the roadside, part of the Bear River Valley, and gradually climbs in elevation across the western portion of the forest. Soils are well-drained and rocky in places with few if any wetlands. A year-round stream cuts across the northern corner of the property. The western boundary wraps around the steep granite ridge of Puzzle Mountain, blanketed in red spruce. From these upper slopes but especially from the open ledge outcrop on the adjacent Stewart Family Preserve, one can enjoy outstanding views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
The forest is composed of a mix of northern hardwoods with a significant component of pole-sized poplar and white birch. Sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch, and white ash are present in smaller concentrations, the presence of which can be increased over time with management. There is long-term timber potential for this forest with careful planning and patience.