Blackstrap Preserve, Falmouth
Blackstrap Hill Community Forest and Preserve consists of two separate properties totaling nearly 600 acres, making it the largest block of contiguous protected open space in Falmouth.
The southern portion is Falmouth Land Trust property and the northern end is town-owned. The property is almost entirely wooded, with the upper portion bisected by a utility corridor. The West Branch of the Piscataqua River runs along the northeastern edge of the property and several small streams, some within steep ravines, drain water from Blackstrap Ridge to the river.
Several miles of trails are established on the property and provide a wide variety of recreational options, including some excellent, flowy-but-technically-challenging mountain biking.
Be prepared to use your full range of gears and suspension on the ups and downs of this area's well-marked trails.