About the Property
The Forest Society primarily manages this property for sustainable forestry, productive wildlife habitat, and other conservation benefits in support of the greater Walpole community.
Visitor Use Guidelines
Please see our Visitor Use Guidelines page for a complete list of rules and regulations for Forest Society reservations.
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High Blue Outing: This interpretive outing provides interesting information about the natural and cultural history of the area you are hiking through at High Blue.
High Blue Vista and Faulkner Loop Trails
On this trail, you will traverse two connected loops on the High Blue property and see a variety of flora and fauna, interesting natural communities, and great views. Start from where you parked along Scovil Rd. and follow the unmaintained road until you reach the reservation sign and trail ledger. Bear left here to begin the first loop, which takes you through mixed deciduous woods, past duckweed-covered frog ponds and vistas of the Connecticut River valley and southern Vermont. Follow this trail until you loop back to Scovil Rd; continue left at this point to head towards the Faulkner Loop or take a right to return to your car more quickly. Follow Scovil Rd. if you continued left and bear right into the woods at the Faulkner Loop trail sign. This loop takes you through a lowland spruce-fir forest to the top of Derry Hill, the highest point in Walpole. Follow this trail until you return to Scovil Rd. once again, this time bearing left to return to your vehicle.
This double loop trail is approximately 2.4 miles long and is easy to moderate hiking terrain (some rolling hills but no sustained climbing).