Tucker Preserve - Pembroke
Tucker Preserve on the Indian Head River, a tributary of the North River, can be enjoyed on foot or by canoe. Protected land on both sides of the river ensures the canoeist or kayaker a scenic trip. Near the west side of the preserve, the river quickly winds through a hemlock grove before it slows and widens downstream, where deep red cardinal flowers and basking turtles may be seen.
You’ll find natural and historic riches here. Walk through the field along the river and into the woods to the trail head. The preserve land was formerly owned by the Clapp Rubber Company, which had its mills at the present site of the town park. Follow the trail through the woods of hickory, ash, elm, and other hardwoods. Giant trees tower over an open understory of shrubs and herbs. The cracked and furrowed bark of several red oaks and black birch signify their great age.