McCabe Forest

A view of McCabe Forest frosted over in the winter.

About the Property

Two miles of hiking trails wind through upland pine-oak-hemlock forests, fields, old orchards, and silver maple floodplain forest along the Contoocook River.  The terrain is relatively flat.  Because of the wide variety of habitats, wildlife observation opportunities are excellent at McCabe Forest. 

Fishing Guide

From the parking area on Route 202, the trail loops easterly toward the Contoocook River and two portions of the trail run along the banks of the river.  This is slow moving water, home to warm water fish. Be forewarned that in the warm seasons, the wetlands and marshes on the McCabe Forest are known for breeding healthy populations of fish food….mosquitoes, and go prepared with your favorite insect repellant.

Please see our Visitor Use Guidelines page for a complete list of rules and regulations for Forest Society reservations. 

Trail Information

Trails (two miles)


Yellow Blazes

There are more than two miles of trails at McCabe Forest.  Several different walking loops are possible, with the longest at 1.7 miles long. All trails are marked with yellow blazes.  The terrain is relatively flat, but some areas (especially along the Contoocook River) may be muddy during wetter times of the year. 

McCabe Forest is best accessed from the parking area on the east side of Route 202, about a mile north of the center of Antrim. The parking area can accommodate approximately eight cars, but it may not be plowed in winter.