Recreational Guidelines

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

Trail Use
All marked trails are available for hiking.

Multi Use Trails
Multi use trails are for hiking, mountain bicycles, horseback riding. The Town, Nature Conservancy and the Land Trust allow the use of bicycles and horseback riding on the following trails:

  • Lyme Corner Trails – Hartman, Walbridge and Young: all trails, except white trails.
  • River to Ridgetop Preserves – Johnston, Jewett, Mt Archer Woods, and Eno Preserve: yellow, white fuchsia and purple trails only.
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve – all trails.

Note: The Nehantic State Forest Roads and trails are non-motorized multi-use.
See the State Forest web page for more info. Please note the Nehantic State Forest maps are not up-to-date.

Multi Use Trail Etiquette

  • Cyclists yield to everyone.
  • Hikers yield to horses (equestrians).
  • Horses (equestrians) yield to no-one on the trail.
  • A note about horses.  Even though they are big, horses can be timid and can’t see well directly in front of them.   It often helps to speak to the rider so the horse recognizes you as a non-threatening person.
  • 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.

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

Pets
Dogs are welcome on the Lyme Land Trust and Town of Lyme properties. Be sure your dogs are under your control at all times. Keep your dog leashed or under close supervision. Leash your dog if other trail users approach. Keeping your dog on a leash not only protects nesting birds or other wildlife that inhabit these preserves, but it also protects your dog. Please pick up after your dog. 

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.

Respect the environmen

  • Please take out everything that you bring into these natural places, including all trash. And we appreciate those who pick up trash they see along the way.
  • 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 wild animals.
  • Please do not disturb geological sites. Leave the rocks as they are in historical stone walls and archeological sites. 
  • Please avoid activities that promote trail erosion. Do not take short cuts. Walk carefully through mud or water if you cannot avoid them.
  • Avoid bicycle and horseback riding on wet or muddy trails whenever possible.
  • 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. Carry a trail map or take a photo of the map at the Trailhead with your smart phone. 
  • 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.
  • If you’re riding a bike or horse, please wear a helmet.
  • During hunting season, September 15 through January 31, wear brightly-colored clothing. A fluorescent vest or hat is recommended.

Respect property rights

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

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.

Trail reports
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 Trust, info@lymelandtrust.org

Hartman Scene Spring2018
Hartman hike