Major Trail Systems
Andover Conservation Commission Land
Town of Andover Land
Trustees of the Reservations
The forest covering most of the hillside is composed of pines and mixed hardwoods. Many interesting rock formations and ferns can be observed on the open ledges at the top of the hill.
Carmel Woods was once part of a larger Town Forest (36.5 acres in 1896). Needy townspeople were housed nearby, in the large white house across from the Carmel Road entrance. During the 19th century there was some controversy over whether or not to allow the poor to gather firewood from the forest. Several controlled harvests of timber and firewood were conducted.