Chestnut Hill Trail is a lovely, yellow-blazed 3.25-mile loop through an open hemlock forest and other woodlands that show the result of a responsibly planned timber harvest. The trail begins at the end of Gidney Rd. and then cuts west near Coolidge Swamp through Orange State Forest. From the southwest corner of the loop, where the trail turns sharply east, a spur to the west leads to a bridge over the picturesque Whetstone Brook and into Wendell State Forest. The main trail climbs and descends along the flank of Chestnut Ridge, skirts Seeds of Solidarity Farm, and ends with the last leg along Gidney Rd. (The open field on the east side of Gidney is the site of the annual Garlic & Arts Festival.) The nearby North Pond Ridge Trail and the Bullard Farm Loop are also part of the Chestnut Hill Trail system.Directions:
From Rte. 2, take Exit 15 and go toward Orange center. Turn left at the first light onto West River St. Go to the end of that street and turn left onto Holtshire Rd. Proceed to corner with view of Lake Matawa and turn right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. Go to end and turn right onto GIdney Rd. and proceed to small parking area on left.
New England Forestry Foundation
32 Foster St.
PO Box 1346
Littleton, MA 01460