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A kind of Walden for a 20th-century eccentric, the 55-acre Battle-Dorrance Forest was the summer home of Harry A. Battle, who built a cabin and dug a pond entirely by hand. He lived as a virtual hermit, only occasionally bicycling into Orange. Less than five feet tall, Battle pruned every tree in his forest to no more than six feet; since his time, those trees have grown to their proper proportions. Later, conservationist Elizabeth Dorrance gifted the property to NEFF. A loop trail of less than a mile can be made by turning left where the trail next to the cemetery branches, taking a sharp left at a wire fence, and left again at the next intersection, returning by the street. Other old woods roads allow further exploration of the forest.

Directions:

From Orange center, go west on W. Main St. (Rte. 2A) for 2.1 miles. Turn right on a right-of-way along west side of small cemetery.

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Contact:

New England Forestry Foundation
32 Foster St.
PO Box 1346
Littleton, MA 01460
978-952-6856
info@newenglandforestry.org