Elizabeth's Woods

In November 2021, the Alford Land Trust became the owner of Elizabeth’s Woods on North Egremont Road. The 84 forested acres in the heart of Alford offer a common resource of uncommon beauty. The property features over two miles of wood roads for walking, snowshoeing, and skiing.

MassWildlife has identified this site as a core habitat for endangered species. These woods are home to a variety of rare plants; beautiful, varied trees; and abundant wildlife.

We plan to add a parking area and a kiosk with a map; mark some of the trails; and develop a stewardship management plan. Our goal is to enhance opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, nature study, and wildlife habitat improvement, and to sustain this outstanding working forest.

The people of Alford (and many others) will benefit from this unique asset for years to come. Thanks to the Riggs family for their below-market sale to the Land Trust, to the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife for purchasing the Conservation Restriction, and to over 90 families in Alford, all of whom contributed to make this park a reality.

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Labrador bedstraw, rare in Massachusetts
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Walking fern
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Unusual bogbean flower
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Rare bees, Andrena parnassiae, feed on Grass of Parnassus