Description - Gardner Memorial Wayside Park is a memorial to Walter C. Gardner, II, whose father established the 6,675-acre Gile State Forest. The memorial wayside sits along Route 4A which bisects the large state-owned parcel.
- The site rests along a scenic brook that was once the site of an 1800's mill. Stone foundation remnants are still visible. This park is open three seasons for the traveler's outdoor dining enjoyment. There is no fee associated with this picnic wayside.
Recreation - Gardner Memorial Wayside Park makes for a pleasurable picnic and swimming location. Hunting and fishing opportunities are within minutes of the wayside. Bog Mountain Easement is a 304-acre parcel located southeast off Route 4A, north on Stearns Hill Road. This hunting ground supports a healthy wildlife population including white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, hare, partridge, wild ducks, woodcock, beaver, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, otter, raccoon and skunk. Another nearby public hunting site is the 513-acre McDaniels Marsh Wildlife Management Area located several miles northwest along the same route. Hunters harvest similar large and small game. Anglers find success is the nearby 100-acre Kolelomook Pond. This pond, located southwest of Springfield, supports a thriving population of smallmouth bass, pickerel, horned pout and brown trout.
Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
From Wilmot, travel northwest along SR 4A through the small town of East Springfield and beyond about 1.5 miles.