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Arthur Iversen Conservation Area (Warwick)

Ownership: 
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Gift From: 
Myra Iversen (1991)
Directions: 

From the junction of routes 2A and 78 west of Orange center, follow Route 78 north to Warwick center. Turn right on Athol road, and follow it 0.8 miles to another right on Gale Road. Continue along Gale Road for 1 mile to the Devil’s Washbowl trail on the right, and another 0.1 miles to the Rum Brook trail on the left.

In the east shadow of nearby Mount Grace, 500 acres of forest within the Hodge and Rum Brook watersheds are protected in this quiet area. A pair of one-way trails leads to wetlands associated with both brooks.

The 1.5 mile Devil’s Washbowl trail begins on the west side of Gale Road, at a cable gate and small posted map. The old woods road climbs briefly uphill, then levels off and descends gradually through a hemlock-hardwood forest to a small beaver pond on Hodge Brook. A variety of flora and wildlife can be found here, including colorful late summer wildflowers. The trail continues on the other side of the wetland; make a sharp right just after reentering the woods and follow the blue blazes. The gently rising forest path here is less obvious than the road but clearly marked. Continue along the rim of the brook basin to the trail’s end at a marked sign at Devil’s Washbowl, where a seasonal waterfall may be seen on the left. Just before the sign, look for a towering birch on the left growing amidst the hemlocks. Return the way you came.

A second trail begins on the east side of Gale Road, 0.1 miles south of the Devil’s Washbowl trail, also at a cable gate and trail map. An easy northeast walk leads to a good open view up the Rum Brook wetland; part of a large beaver dam lies across the wooden bridge here. The trail continues to a right-of-way over private land (stay on the main trail here) and eventually ends at Hastings Heights Road.

The property is open to the public for non-motorized outdoor recreation including hiking, bird watching, and nature study. Because the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area is an amalgamation of different parcels donated or sold to Mount Grace by different landowners between 1991 and 2008, hunting is allowed on some portions of the property and prohibited on others.

AICA is the scene for events like this wildlife tracking workshop led by tracker David Brown


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