July Flood Update (9/7/23): Woodside trails are almost fully open! The large bridge near the fern loop has been replaced and the second bridge off the main trail will be fully replaced within the next week. Please avoid the bridge that is not back in place and use the trail as an out-and-back. Walking on the slopes near the bridges will damage the bridge footing and make it harder to put back in place. Sections of the trail remain wet and muddy, and may be slippery – please use caution. Please use caution on sections along the river because of erosion and possible undercutting of the river bank.
Woodside Natural Area
Accessible from Route 15, across from Fort Ethan Allen, Woodside Natural Area supports a diverse assortment of habitats and natural communities.
In the middle is a large beaver-impacted wetland that is a hot spot for bird activity. Visitors may be able to spot the eastern wood –peewee, wood duck, pileated woodpecker or Baltimore Oriole here. The Natural Area abounds with red and white oak, white and pitch pines, as well as red maple, witch hazel, white ash, basswood and black cherry.
This habitat supports a dense herb layer where the rare round-leaved tick trefoil, handsome sedge, and Minnesota sedge can be found. With its diverse flora and fauna, this park is an ideal place to observe animal tracks in winter.