Totaling 95 acres, the Adams property consists of 85 acres of rich forestlands and a 10-acre house site. Its hardwood forest of varying successional stages make for excellent wildlife habitat, and signs of moose, black bear, snowshoe hare and fisher have been seen on the property along with a diversity of birds and amphibians.
Adams Forest abuts the Page Forest, Sterling Forest and Stancliff Forest, which have been conserved by Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust. The forest is primarily northern hardwood type with beech, red and sugar maples, poplar, black cherry, ash and yellow birch. The hardwood stand is interspersed with stands of softwoods, including fir, hemlock and spruce. The Catamount Trail runs through the upper portion of the property, entering from the west and running through the central portion of the property, exiting to the north.
The Adams property is open to the public for a number of non-commercial, non-motorized dispersed outdoor recreational purposes including, but not limited to, bird watching, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing, hunting, snowshoeing, trapping, walking and wildlife observation. Primary access to the property is via the Catamount Trail via Sterling Forest.
The Adams property can only be accessed by trail from the end of Sterling Gorge Rd. From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 108 in Stowe, travel north on Route 100 for .8 miles and turn left onto West Hill Road. Travel 2.2 miles and continue on West Hill at the sharp right turn where West Hill merges with Percy Hill Road. Continue on West Hill Road to the intersection with Moren Loop. Turn left onto Moren Loop and follow to the intersection with Sterling Valley Road. Turn left on Sterling Valley Road and continue until the left turn for Sterling Gorge Road. Park in the lot to the right of the road before the bridge.
- 95 acres
- Privately owned
- Conserved in 2003
- Sterling Valley, Stowe
They would be pleased to know that something has been given back to the town that gave them so much.Stephen Adams, on donating the conservation easement in honor of his parents, Roger and Emily