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Charles L. Peirce Wildlife and Forest Reservation
Visitors to the reservation can observe a number of land management practices and participate in a variety of recreational activities. The mixed woodlands of oak, maple, white pine, and hemlock provide an excellent example of this part of the state’s forests. Some areas are intensively managed ...
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Gile State Forest-Gardner Memorial Wayside
Description: This large state forest is made up of northern hardwoods: sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, and balsam fir. Streams, wetlands, and ponds dot the forest.

Wildlife to Watch: Watch for moose tracks and scat near the pond. Coyotes, bears, snowshoe hares, and a variety of other animals live here. Look for wood ducks and hooded mergansers on the pond. In the late spring and summer, the sounds of songbirds fill the woods; listen for ovenbirds, wood thrushes, yellow-throated and red-eyed vireos, rose-breasted grosbeaks, black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers, and scarlet tanagers.

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Other Activities: An easy half-mile trail leads from the wayside area to scenic Butterfield Pond.

Ownership: DRED-Division of Forests and Lands 
Size: 6675 acres 
Closest Town: Springfield

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesHunting

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Hooded Merganser - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The wayside is on Route 4A, 6.8 miles west of the junction of Routes. 4A and 11.

For more information call (606) 271-3456.

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Gile State Forest-Gardner Memorial Wayside : Wildlife Viewing Area