"Though the busy season at the Franklin State Forest has passed, state officials are reminding area residents that the property remains open during the winter.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation put out a notice this month to promote the winter recreational use of the 843-acre forest. Park Supervisor William "Tom" Ashton said that there are many ways that locals make use of the land, even after snow has fallen.
"During the wintertime, there are activities like snowshoeing and hiking," he said, adding that cross-country skiing and fat tire snow biking are other options. "We want to let people know that, 'Hey, we're still here - we have a beautiful park with a lot of wonderful scenery.'"
The notice highlights the forest's pine trees as being especially scenic when they are blanketed in new snow."
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- The park hiking map
My wife and I took a walk on a recent Sunday. We started from the SNETT and then took a side trail into the State Forest to pick up the old logging trail in the forest that ended up at the water tower. It was a good walk.
|winter forest land|
|look up once in a while, quite a view|
|old logging road|
|remnants of trees come in odd shapes|
|and yes, in New England forests you will find stone walls|