Nine Mile Count Forest
This is the crown jewel of our county forest system at just over 4,900 acres. Nine Mile is intensively managed for multiple uses including sustainable timber harvests, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing to name a few.
Two streams, Black Creek and Four-Mile Creek, thread part of their way through Nine-Mile Swamp, winding through open marsh and clumps of spruce. Nearby, mixed hardwoods, oak, and pine thrive on the uplands, alternating with large stands of aspen, the principal timber crop and a major source of food and cover for ruffed grouse and deer. These game species, as well as cottontails, snowshoe hare, waterfowl, and squirrels are actively pursued by hunters. The maintenance of waterfowl reservoirs, seeding of trails, planting of food and cover shrubs, and selective cutting of trees, all help to promote vigorous game and non-game wildlife populations.
A well maintained system of trails totaling over 30 miles (45 Km) allow easy access for recreation. All trails are closed to motorized vehicles, except in winter, for designated snowmobile/ATV trails. Cross-country skiers have more than 30 Km of trails over a variety of terrain with loops suitable for the novice to expert skier. In the summer, the ski trails become an excellent mountain biking trail system. Horses are allowed on the snowmobile trail during the summer only. Blackberries, blueberries, and choke cherries are eagerly sought by berry pickers in the late summer and fall.