Conserved to protect wildlife habitat and the property's natural communities, as well as fostering recreational use of the property, the Stancliff Forest was conserved in 2001 through a donation by Ron and Judy Stancliff. It expands an existing block of conserved land including the Town's Sterling Forest.
The property is approximately 11 acres of forest land containing mostly northern hardwood trees with some mixed softwoods, primarily spruce trees. Topography ranges from mildly sloping to relative steep, with the southern section of the property being the steepest. A general upward slope exists from north to south and views from the property are very appealing to the south and east. The property is crossed by old skidder trails. The Old Billings Road divides the northern section and serves as a legal right of way. The western and northern side of the property is bordered by Sterling Town Forest. A mountain bike trail runs across the northern part of the property. Extensive signs of deer have been seen on the property.
The property may be used for all types of non-commercial, non-motorized dispersed outdoor recreational purposes including: birdwatching, cross-country skiing, hunting, snowshoeing, trapping, walking, wildlife observation and mountain biking. E-bikes are not permitted.
From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 108 in Stowe Village, travel north on Route 108 for 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Weeks Hill Road and travel for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Percy Hill Road and travel for 0.6 miles. Turn slightly left onto West 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.
- 11 acres
- Privately owned
- Conserved in 2001
- Sterling Valley, Stowe
There are certain places that just should not be developed. Ron Stancliff