This site is predominantly sloping forest, bisected by small ravines with a seasonally wet and flat hilltop with shallow bedrock. A section of this preserve is very steeply-sloping and interesting to geologists for the glacially oversteepened valley with exposed shale bedrock layers.

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Polson Trail

The trail here offers expansive views of the glacially-carved Ellis Hollow Valley. Find route on the mobile-friendly website

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Natural Heritage of Polson

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