You'll find five rare American chestnut trees along the western side of the “Coon Hill Loop” at BTCA. Former owner of the land, Dan Billings, planted the trees 40 years ago. Native to eastern North America, the American chestnut was once an important part of U.S. forests but was wiped out by a chestnut blight and very few remain. A small sign currently designates their location on the trail. Look for the round, spiny seed pods that have fallen to the ground, usually green, now brown in fall.
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