The Mathieu Town Forest covers 5.7 acres in the center of the Town of Essex in an area bordered by Route 15, the Tanglewood neighborhood, and the Circumferential Highway. Within its boundaries, the forest offers a network of winding trails over varied, often steep terrain. The trails are open to the public for non-motorized recreational uses such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, running, and mountain biking. Thick woods bordering the Circumferential Highway make the Forest a gem for the nature enthusiast. Many large pines, maples, and birch trees are spread throughout the forest. Equally plentiful is the wildlife including deer, fox, rabbits, and more.
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Access to this trail is via the Sand Hill Park trail at the eastern end of the forest. To get there, take Route 15 east to Sand Hill Road. After 0.1 miles, turn right at the park entrance. Ample parking is available at Sand Hill Park.
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