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.
All marked trails are available for hiking.
Multi use trails are 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 the State Forest map and web page for more info. Please note the Nehantic State Forest map is not up-to-date.
Multiuse 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-threatenting 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.
Sunrise to sunset; State (DEEP) Areas are open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.
Dogs are welcome on the Lyme Land Trust and Town of Lyme 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!).
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 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 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.
- 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.
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. Most Lyme Land Trust conservation easement properties are not open to the public.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.