Our Forest

The Bute National Forest will help aid in community growth and development. The land is intended to be managed sustainable and to provide visitors with a beautiful trip and experience to Bute. The forest provides many types of paths for you to enjoy. These paths and other sites include Balnakailly Loop Walk, Painted Rock Trail, WWII Bunker, Working Forest, and Woodland Activities.

The Balnakailly Loop Walk provides a variety of wildflowers, ferns, fungi, and many types of animals. This path will take through to the Oak Woodland and onward to the Balnakailly settlement which showcases remains of a farmhouse. The loop then continues on to a circle. Further on you will see the WWII bunker. Continue on to the work area to see Butte’s sawmill, which is fully functioning.

Paths and Sites

The Painted Rock Trail is a popular foot trail. It became publicly available in 2012. While traveling along the trail, hikers will see rocks painted and placed by children walking the path. Also along this path is the Magic Spruce Bruce, Robert the Spruce, and the Pigtail Bridge.

The WW2 Bunker and its viewpoint provide visitors with a magnificent view. Visitors can gain access to the bunker by taking the Balnakailly Loop path. You will find the trail to the WWII Bunker just at the turning circle near Blankailly settlement. Depending on the season, you will see a variety of species and plants.  The springtime season brings about birds nesting on the ground. It is highly recommended to keep your animal leashed at all times. If the birds are disturbed or frightened in any way, they may leave, abandoning the baby birds! You will find in the fall season that many types of fungi are growing in the area too.

Inside the forest, you will see past remnants of the decoy site of WWII. These decoy sites were used in the war in order to trick the German bombers into attacking an unimportant space not an area full of civilians or land that was of great value.


Working Forest

 The Working Forest consists of the Rhubodach Plantation. This Plantation consists of over 60 acres of trees that were planted between the years of 1920 and 1990. This plantation makes a profit from all its timber products. The Bute Forest consists of nearly 1/6 of plantation land. With the great use of chainsaws and tractors, the trees are then harvested into planks. The timber planks are then sold or used for buildings or sheds.

Smaller trees in the forest are sacred, however. They are allowed more time to grow and are cropped once they are 80 years old. In order to be more sustainable, as trees are cut down, more are being planted to take their place. A variety of trees is planted in place of removed trees. This process allows the forest to be covered with trees of different ages and species at all times. The trees in the purpose also serve the main purpose of making a safe home for plants and animals.