The Western Reserve is a forested area owned by Sunday River Resort near the Jordan Hotel. In 2022, Inland Woods + Trails was hired by Sunday River Resort to build a series of recreation trails in the Western Reserve. IWT is currently building two trails to be featured at the Western Reserve. The easier trail “Beechnut Loop” travels west from the back patio/pool area of the Jordan Grand Hotel, where it contours along a ledge line at an easy grade with a wide, durable surface, before switching back and returning to the hotel. This trail is designed as the Western Reserve’s easiest and quickest access trail for recreators who want to immerse themselves in the Western Reserve’s wilderness, but do not necessarily have the time or means to do a longer hike. The trail is suitable for rugged strollers and features a resting area with a view of Sunday River Whitecap. The Jordan Mountain Loop travels Southwest from a junction along the Beechnut Loop to the top of Jordan Mountain. The trail traverses through steep, ledge filled terrain and along exposed bedrock areas, and features an observation deck on a bedrock ledge facing west and a small tower located on the top of the mountain, before heading Northeast to connect with a second junction of the Beechnut Loop. This trail is designed as a durable, traditional hiking trail, that is considered more moderate/difficult, and could be completed as a day hiking loop for recreators looking for a challenge and longer experience recreating in the Western Reserve. 

The connection: The trails of the Western Reserve connect directly to the 14 miles of summer hiking trails that Sunday River Resort currently maintains, which in part connects to the trails in the Bingham Forest, Bethel Community Forest, and beyond. Folks staying at the Jordan Hotel, or folks living or staying in the neighborhoods along Monkey Brook Road or across the river on Sunday River Road can use the Western Reserve to recreate all the way to Bethel if they please! 

Trails available & stats:

Traditional hiking trail and easier walking trail: 2.5 mi

  • Beechnut Loop Trail 1 mi 
  • Jordan Mtn. Loop Trail 1.5 mi 


  • Dogs allowed on leash or under voice command on all trails 
  • Bikes are not allowed on hiking only trails 
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails  
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