Guidelines for Use

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The Lyme Land Trust, in cooperation with the Town of Lyme and The Nature Conservancy, maintains open space for the recreational use of the public. Please follow these simple guidelines while you enjoy your visit to these beautiful places.

For descriptions of trails and properties, click here.

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TRAIL USE
All marked trails are available for hiking.

MULTIUSE TRAILS FOR HIKING, MOUNTAIN BICYCLES, HORSEBACK RIDING

The Town, Nature Conservancy and the Land Trust have decided to allow the use of bicycles and horseback riding on the following trails:

  • Mt Archer Woods, Eno Preserve and Jewett Preserve: yellow and white trails, only 
  • Walbridge: yellow trails,only
  • Philip E Young Preserve: loop portion of the red trail and yellow trails, only
  • Hartman Park: all trails except white

Note: The Nehantic State Forest Roads and unblazed trails are non-motorized multi-use.
See their map and web page for more info.

MULTIUSE TRAIL ETIQUETTE

  • Cyclists yield to everyone
  • Hikers yield to horses (equestrians)
  • Horses (Equestrians) yield to no-one on the trail
  • Remember you are sharing the trail with many others. Not everyone is familiar with trail etiquette.  Let other trail users know how to approach and pass through both voice and hand signals.

 

Photo by Wendolyn Hill Photos by Wendolyn Hill

HOURS
Sunrise to sunset; State (DEEP) Areas are open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset

PETS
Dogs are generally not allowed on property The Nature Conservancy owns exclusively; therefore they are not permitted on Pleasant Valley or the Selden Creek Preserves.

Dogs are welcome on the remaining properties. Be sure your dogs are under your control at all times. For your dog’s safety, keep your dog  under close supervision. Keeping your dog on a leash protects nesting birds or other wildlife that inhabit these preserves.  Please pick up after your dog (so the next hiker doesn’t have to step in it!).

COYOTES
ATTENTION DOG WALKERS:
Coyotes are becoming more prevalent in our woods. They are territorial and may aggressively approach dog walkers – especially in the spring/summer when raising young. Small dogs below 25 pounds are potential prey for coyotes. Follow these tips provided by the CT DEEP in case you are approached by a coyote.

  • Dogs should be leashed or under close supervision at all times while outside
  • Although some coyotes may exhibit bold behavior near people, the risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low. Use caution when walking with young children.
  • If approached by a coyote, DO NOT RUN or turn your back. Keep your dog under control and calmly back out of the area. Do NOT pick up your dog.
  • DO MAKE LOUD NOISES or act aggressively (throwing sticks, waving arms) to try to frighten the coyote.
  • NEVER FEED COYOTES OR OTHER WILD ANIMALS IN THE PRESERVES (or in your own yard).
  • Coyotes may exhibit bold behavior around people, however aggressive behavior towards people is very rare.
  • Report all encounters with coyotes. Trail report.
  • Immediately report coyotes exhibiting dangerous or unusually bold behavior, or exhibiting symptoms of rabies (seizures, staggering, lethargy) to local police: (860) 399-2111, or DEEP emergency dispatch (24 hrs) 860 424-3333.
  • If you are in immediate danger, dial 911.

For more information: Living with Coyotes.

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Please avoid activities that promote trail erosion. Do not take short cuts or create new paths. Walk carefully through mud or water if you cannot avoid them. Try not to create trail “braids” by going around fallen logs, puddles or other obstacles.
  • Avoid bicycle and horseback riding on wet or muddy trails whenever possible.
  • Please bring out everything that you bring into these natural places, including all trash.
  • Please respect the integrity of the natural systems and do not disturb plants, animals or habitats, except for trail maintenance. Do not attempt to feed any animals.
  • No fires are allowed unless otherwise posted.

RESPECT CLOSED TRAILS

  • Trails may be closed to repair environmental impact or because of potential user conflict.
  • Observe any posted signs at the properties that may describe closed trails for hunting activity.

HUNTING
Consent to hunt may be granted on several properties in the Lyme Hunting Program. Click here for information about the hunting program.

FOLLOW BASIC SAFETY RULES

  • If you are riding/hiking alone, let someone know where you are going.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you will be using and know the activities that occur there.
  • If you see another person while in the woods, whether a hiker, hunter, biker or horseback rider, call out to them to make them aware of your location.
  • Be alert when encountering children or hikers with dogs. Make sure that the child or dog is under control before proceeding.
  • If you’re riding a bike or horse, please wear a helmet.
  • During hunting season, September 1 through January 31, wear brightly-colored clothing. A fluorescent vest or hat is recommended.

RESPECT PROPERTY RIGHTS

  • Remember, all users are required to obtain permission from the owner before entering private property. Many Lyme Land Trust conservation easement properties are not open to the public.

MOTORIZED VEHICLES
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any of the properties except for trail maintenance and safety/rescue.

Never block an access gate. Parking in front of one could impede first responders and rescue equipment unnecessarily.

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Please use this form to report any observations or issues with the trails.

If you have any questions regarding these properties or activities, contact the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, info@lymelandtrust.org.