From Dave Brigham:
With 17 miles of trails, Noanet Woodlands in Dover, MA, offers a full day's hiking, all of it relatively easy. I was only there for a few hours, but plan to get back there and do more exploring.
I found the woodlands while searching on Google maps for something close to Snow Hill in Dover. I'd done a bit of hiking and picture-taking there and wanted to hit one more place that was close by (see March 22, 2012, "Fresh-Air Salvation," as well as the two other posts linked within that piece). I was drawn in by Noanet's close proximity and the promise of an old mill.
Turns out the old mill is a partial reconstruction of the former Dover Union Iron Mill.
It's a pretty site, but I was hoping for something run-down. Here's a description of the mill's history from a plaque at the site:
So, as often happens, I trudged on, somewhat disappointed, and found some other things to photograph that I found more intriguing.
A rebuilt wall near the old mill.
A little challenge for horses.
Close-up of a mossy rock.
No idea who's honored/memorialized by this tree.