Pine Valley Farm is a nature-lover’s dream. Trails that loop through the property, old logging roads, dense woodland, varied waterways, wetlands, native grasses and wildflowers, birds, and wildlife.
A series of trails maintained by members loops throughout the property. These trails are ideal for hikers, bird and other wildlife watchers, and for the many members and friends who fish and hunt throughout the year.
The trails and roads wind through a diverse woodland, comprised of different forest types. Trees growing on the property include aspen, jack pine, red and white pine, tamarack, balsam fir, white spruce, red maple, basswood, white birch, red and white oak, black ash, and elm. A rich understory of small trees, shrubs, and plants include hazel, ironwood, musclewood, wild sarsaparilla, large-leaved aster, Canadian mayflower, and a banquet of ferns—lady fern, bracken, maidenhair, and grape fern.
Running through the property is a rich mix of waterways, the original draw for the fly fishing enthusiasts who bought land and built homes in Pine Valley. While the passion for fly fishing is still very much alive among Pine Valley members, the lakes and streams offer endless riches for others, whether they’re swimming in the Confluence (the designated swimming hole where the Clam River and Sand Creek come together), hiking, wading, or sitting on a porch or behind a window enjoying the view. These waterways include the Clam River, several streams—Sand Creek and Spring Brook—and numerous lakes—Bog Lake, Little Spencer Lake, and Duck Lake.
Bog Lake is a small, picturesque lake rimmed by a floating tamarack bog replete with wet forest species such as cranberries, Solomons-seal, Labrador tea, bog laurel, bog rosemary, wild calla, and an abundant mix of sphagnum mosses. Members hiking at night have reported seeing legendary ghost lights, or will-o-the-wisps, winking over the bog.
Another beautiful spot on the property, Osprey Meadow, is the site of a former beaver pond where osprey once nested in the branches of trees deadened by rising water. As the beavers moved on, the water receded, leaving a large, open sedge meadow.
NATIVE WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
Native wildflowers and grasses abound in the fields, prairies, individual cabin grounds, woods, and along the many trails that criss-cross the property.
Among the dozens of wildflower species you’ll find at Pine Valley are the following: anemones, asters, bellflower, bergamot, black-eyed Susan, buttercup, butterfly weed, cinquefoils, columbine, coneflowers, cow parslip, fireweed, forget-me-not, wild geranium, golden alexander, goldenrods, Indian-pipe, ironweed, Jacob’s-ladder, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Joe-Pye-weed, Lady’s slippers, wild lupine, marsh-marigold, meadow-rue, milkweeds, ox-eyed daisy, phlox, pitcher-plant, skunk cabbage, spider-wort, starflower, sunflower, tick-trefoils, trillium, wild ginger, wintergreen, wood-lily, and yarrow. Then there are the grasses: big and little bluestem, side-oats grama, buffalo grass, Indian grass, and switchgrass.
Pine Valley is a bird-lovers paradise. The dozens of species seen and heard by members include the following: red tanager, alder flycatcher, peewee flycatcher, least flycatcher, blue-gray gnatcatcher, common yellow throat, eastern kingbird, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, cedar waxwing, saw-whet owl, American redstart, red-eyed vireo, broad-winged haw, red-shouldered hawk, ovenbird, chestnut-sided warbler, black-and-white warbler, Nashville warbler, pine warbler, yellow-bellied sapsucker, indigo bunting, gray catbird, pewee flycatcher, American robin, veery, northern flicker, black-capped chickadee, goldfinch, blue jay, wood thrush.
Wildlife seen, heard, or photographed include otter, bear, white-tailed deer, red squirrel, leopard frog, green frog, red fox, raccoons, porcupine, bobcat, wolf, fisher, owls, turtles.