Cutler Memorial Forest, located off Peace Street near the Dorset Village, is a great outdoor location for the public to explore. The property was given to the town in 1976 by Mrs. Isabella Cutler. In the early years walking trails were forged and a bridge was built over the Mettawee River. In recent years the Dorset Conservation Commission has made great improvements to the property: marking trials, creating a parking area, and building a new bridge over the river.
A hike around the entire property takes from 35-45 minutes and the trails cover both flat ground and hills. Parking for Cutler Forest is provided at the 393 Peace Street area, and the entire property is easily accessed from this entrance point. We hope shedding light on the property will encourage residents to visit Cutler Forest and enjoy the tranquil experience it offers.
The Pinnacle Tower: In 1910, Miss Cecelia deNottbeck (great grand daughter of John Jacob Astor) had a stone tower built at the top of the hill to replicate a "ruin" from the English landscape. 2010 marked the 100th year that the tower has stood on the hill above Dorset Village.
The Pinnacle property consists of a 35 acre forested parcel and an adjacent seven acres situated on a small hill (named The Pinnacle) east of Route 30, north of Dorset Hollow Road and south of Peace Street. Dorset acquired the property in 2005 through the generosity of the late Robert & Margaret Keeler.