The Mount Cleveland Wayside is named for Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was a hunter and fisherman and summered in Tamworth, NH. Cleveland used the power bestowed upon him by the Forest Reserve Act of 1891 to place 26 million acres of public land into the forest reserves in the western states, later to become National Forests. Advised by conservationists Gifford Pinchot and John Muir, President Cleveland created these forest reserves during his last days of office with the debate about who would manage them and how not yet resolved. If Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President who was the 23rd and what did that president do for forest conservation?
Directions to Next Site:
The Weeks Act Legacy Trail continues south along Rte 3 towards Franconia Notch. The next site is 1.2 miles on the left side of the road: The Skookumchuck Trail Head and Bike Path.