Cavendish & Baltimore; Windsor County
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Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the Southern Green Mountains biophysical region and is 2,183 acres in size. The previous owners retain the timber rights. The Black River flows along part of the western boundary and a portion of the northern boundary. Cavendish Gulf Road parallels a portion of the southwest boundary. The terrain on the WMA is very steep and rugged, ranging in elevation from approximately 700 feet along the Black River to 1,940 feet on the slopes of Hawks Mountain. Ledge outcrops are common throughout the property and are home to porcupines and bobcats. The WMA is completely forested with red and sugar maple, yellow birch and beech. Patches of red spruce and red oak are scattered throughout. The entire WMA is considered seasonal bear habitat.
Hawks Mountain, to the south and east of the WMA, is named for Colonel John Hawks, a “Hero of Fort Massachusetts,” and one of the builders of the historic Crown Point Road. He and his men encamped on the side of the mountain that now bears his name.
Hunting is the primary recreational opportunity here. From the south, the property can be accessed from the Cavendish Gulf Road by parking on the shoulder of the road and walking up and over a steep, rocky ridge. From the north, access may be gained by parking at the end of Ina Butler road or off woods roads originating off Carlton Road.
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The current Cavendish Management Unit Long Range Management Plan (LRMP) is active until approximately 2020, when a new LRMP will be prepared.