Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Hiking the Interpretive Sawyer Trail in Dewey Woods, Sunapee, New Hampshire

As noted in the Sunapee Conservation Commission brochure, “The Sawyer Trail,” is an interpretive hiking/walking trail. I first learned of Sawyer Trail when my wife Catherine hiked it with members of the Outdoor Recreation for Seniors group, known simply as ORFS. She was so impressed she had to share this trail again with me on a beautiful NH fall day. 

Click the below video and enjoy insights into the interpretive Dewey Woods Sawyer Trail.

Twelve signs, known as stations, provide the hikers with brief stories, such as the trail’s history, tree surroundings, and how trees contribute to conservation. For example, the sign at Station 2 tells about a nearby cavity tree used by various wildlife. Station 4 describes “old-growth” trees over 100 years old. Some people call these “wolf trees.” A wolf tree is simply a tree that is much older and larger than the surrounding trees in the area, most likely due to bygone days when selected trees were left by farmers in a field for shade. When farming stopped in the area, tree seeds matured and grew into a forest surrounding the wolf tree. The hemlock trees at this station are at least three feet in diameter and 50-plus feet tall. For more on “wolf trees” go to my blog narrative of the SRKG Trail 6 noted in the references.

The trail is named after Sawyer Webb who for his senior high school project, conceived, designed, and spent many hours creating this nature trail here in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

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1. Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail 6 – Wolf Trees and Many Trails

2. Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS)

3. Sawyer Trail in Dewey Woods, Sunapee, NH


4. Sunapee Trail Maps


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