Location, Parking: The property is accessed from a Blackstrap Road trailhead, just south of the Happy Cats sign. The property can also be accessed via trails on the abutting Lowell Preserve in Windham.
Property Description: North Falmouth Community Forest includes 375 acres of the most remote, and least accessible property in town. As the name suggests, the property is entirely wooded with a mix of hardwood and softwood species. Several well-marked trails have been established on the property, which also connect to Blackstrap Hill Community Forest.
Natural Features: NFCF is entirely wooded and home to a variety of species of wildlife, including whitetail deer, turkeys, fishers, snowshoe hares, porcupines, bobcats, a wide variety of songbirds, and an occasional moose and black bear. Several vernal pools are also located on the property.
History: Most of the area was pasture at one time, as evidenced by some remaining stonewalls and several very large pasture trees. When the pastures grew back to trees, they were used as woodlots by farmers and other area residents until the advent of central heating.
Allowable Uses: Hiking, snowmobiling, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting, nature study, and horseback riding are all allowed. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, except snowmobiles on marked trails. Trails are not handicapped accessible. Dogs must be leashed from April 1 to September 30th.
Cautions: This is a remote area and it is possible to get lost. Be sure to have a good map and compass or GPS unit with you if you go exploring here.