Early 19th century farmers made attempts to cultivate the region, but rocky soils and a short growing season soon forced them to farm elsewhere. By the year 1900, these farms were bought up and became larger private estates. Lt. Col. Arthur D. Budd merged these holdings into the 3,000-acre (12 km2) Notch View Farm, which he bequeathed to The Trustees of Reservations in 1965. In 1993, an additional 93 acres (380,000 m2) from the Smithers Woodland Preserve were added to the reservation.
Under management of the Trustees of Reservations, during the winter months Notchview is now a primary Nordic Skiing center, with a 40-kilometer trail system (25 km groomed) for classical and (12 km) for skating. There are 11 km of beginnger trails, 18 km intermediate, and 11.2 advanced. Snowshoeing is also allowed on the property, with 3.7 km of trail dedicated to this sport. Notchview is one of the locations of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, the youth division of NENSA. Notchview was the host of the Bill Koch League Festival in 2001, 2005, and 2009, in partnership with TD Banknorth Notchview is open year-round, with summer and autumn activities of hiking and bird-watching. A ski lodge and office accommodates skiers, with hot drinks and restrooms available. Small 3 walled shelters have been constructed in some of the fields as a picnic location or to provide a wind barrier for resting skiers.