the mile-around woods

The Mile-Around Woods was donated in 1994 to The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. by Ethel McCullough Scott and her husband Bill Scott. The property had been in Mrs. Scott's family for more than 200 years. The Woods feature rich stands of old timber and a circular carriage road laid out after the Civil War by Trenor Park, the builder of the nearby Park-McCullough House.

The adjoining agricultural fields were part of a working dairy farm until the early 1990s. Known today as the Kohler/McCullough fields, they are maintained in crop rotation by a family of dairy farmers from nearby White Creek, N.Y. The lower pastures are maintained by David Lively, of Bennington. His American Cream horses are often grazing in these fields during warmer months.

This private preserve, dedicated to conservation and agricultural uses, is open to the public for walking during daylight hours. The Fund has established a network of walking trails that connects The Mile-Around Woods to adjoining woodlands and to Park Street. A hike on The Short Aldrich Trail circles much of the small valley of Paran Creek.

Thank you for complying with the following rules: Access to the agricultural fields must be on existing trails from April 1 through October 31. Bicycles are not permitted on the property. Horses and vehicles are only permitted by prior written permission for special purposes. Foraging or removal of non-invasive flora only with prior permission. Fenced pastures must never be entered when horses are present. Special events only with prior written permission. No fairy houses, markers or other structures. No hunting. Do not feed the horses! This list of rules is not exclusive, and all access is subject to regulation by The Fund.

Please report any concerns and make suggestions to The Fund at thefund@northbennington.org.