Trails and Properties

The Lyme Land Trust maintains an extensive network of trails that provide access to some of the most beautiful areas of Lyme. Descriptions of the trails and properties are listed below. Most of the trails have detailed maps that can be printed from the link by each property or printed copies are available at the Lyme Town Hall.

My Town Trails App.  Never be lost again. The Town And Land Trust have teamed up with My Town Trails to provide an interactive map for mobile device users. Each preserve map displays all the trails in an aerial or road view with the ability to track your location on a trail. Let us know what you think.

Lyme Outdoors – An Overview Map of  the Trails in Lyme. Please note that since this brochure was published, several properties have been added. See the individual descriptions below.

Recreational Guidelines and Rules for Open Space in Lyme

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LYME LAND CONSERVATION TRUST (LLCT) AND TOWN OF LYME (TOL) PROPERTIES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Banningwood Preserve (LLCT) is a beautiful 102 acre property in Hadlyme with lush meadows, mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings. It protects the pristine waters of Roaring Brook, the main tributary feeding Whalebone Cove, which flows through the center of the preserve. For an article about the Geology. Abandoned stone quarries are filled with water and provide important habitats for local birds and wildlife. For an article about the Banningwood acquisition. For an article by WFSB. It is located on Town Street (Rte 82) less than 1/4 mile from Hadlyme Four Corners. Banningwood Trail Map PDF. Click here to view an interactive map for mobile devices on My Town Trails-Banningwood. To download the My Town Trail app, click here.

Beebe Preserve (LLCT) is located on Old Grassy Hill Road just before the East Lyme town line.  An easy one mile loop trail leaves from the parking area and takes hikers past a network of old stone walls, to a wetland with overlook platform and past a mysterious giant rock pile.  A good hike for all ages. Trail map. Check out the new geocache www.geocaching.com in this Preserve.

Chestnut Hill Preserve (LLCT) is surrounded by the Nehantic State Forest and Land Trust easement properties.  The trail head is located off Sterling Hill Road. The Land Trust red trail joins the Nehantic trail system to loop back to Sterling Hill Road for an easy to moderate hike. Trail map of Chestnut Hill.

Photo Credit: Humphrey Tyler

The trail was created in 2011 and passes a seasonal waterfall, interesting geologic formations and ledges, crosses a stream, passes through an old stand of cedars and joins the Nehantic State Forest Trail system.  Trail Map of Chestnut Hill with Nehantic State Forest.  Anyone who likes to geocache www.geocaching.com should be sure to check this one out.

Eno Preserve (LLCT), Mount Archer Woods (Town of Lyme) and Pickwick’s Preserve (LLCT).  These abutting preserves are located at the top of Mount Archer on the southerly side of Mt. Archer Road.  Together a total of 398 acres are managed jointly by the LLCT and the Town.  There are well marked trails (about 3 miles) that traverse the properties and pass old foundations that may have archeological significance.  Information and maps are available at a kiosk in the parking area on the Mount Archer Woods parcel.  Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on the yellow and white trails only in these preserves. Pickwick’s Preserve is an easement off Joshuatown Road that provides a trail link from Joshuatown Road to the Red trail on the Eno Preserve and Mount Archer Woods. Trail map and brochure.

Honey Hill Preserve (LLCT) is located on Clark Road approximately 200 yards from Route 82. This nearly 40-acre preserve has an approximately 1-mile long trail that winds through mature forest with a diversity of tree species. Trail map and brochure.

Grassy Hill Preserve (LLCT) on Grassy Hill Road next to the Grassy Hill Congregational Church.  This open field and wetland area has a small mowed path around the edge of the field.  Parking is available near the cemetery. The first Land Trust sponsored Paint Out was held here in 2011 inspired by the famous Guy Wiggins “Church on a Hill” painted in 1900 and on display at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT.

Lyme Corner Trails – Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands & Philip E. Young Preserve (LLCT and Town of Lyme) on the east side of Gungy Road north of Beaver Brook Road. Hartman Park preserves 300-acres.  The 40 acre Walbridge Woodlands and the 82 acre Young Preserve complete a greenway to the north/south and the east/west. The preserved area has more than twelve miles of trails. Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on all trails except the white trails. Lyme Corner Trails brochure and map. There are a number of identified archeological sites in Hartman Park. A delightful booklet describing many historical and natural highlights on the Heritage Trail is available. The new online 2015 edition has been adapted to the Lyme Corner Trail map. Heritage Trail Booklet 2016. Please note that the printed Heritage Trail Booklets have an out-of-date map.  To read more about Walbridge Woodlands and the Philip E. Young Preserve, click here. (Note, the map in the article is not up-to-date).

Jewett Preserve (Town of Lyme and The Nature Conservancy).  Located at the top of Mount Archer with access from the northerly side of Mt. Archer Road and from Macintosh Road at Pleasant Valley Preserve.  This property abuts the Pleasant Valley Preserve and is across from the Mount Archer Woods/Eno Preserve. Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on the yellow and white trails only in this preserve. It is managed jointly by the Town of Lyme and The Nature Conservancy.  Trail map and brochure.

Patrell Preserve (LLCT and East Haddam Land Trust): This 42 acre parcel contains over 3000 feet of frontage on the Eightmile River. This property was purchased cooperatively by the Towns of East Haddam and Lyme, the State of Connecticut, and East Haddam and Lyme Land Conservation Trusts. Click here for a brief article describing the Preserve. Parking is available off Baker Lane. Trail Map.

Pleasant Valley Preserve (managed by the LLCT for The Nature Conservancy) on Macintosh Road, approximately 300 yards from Route 156. This 235-acre preserve provides trails through open fields and woodlands, with frontage on the Eightmile River.  A descriptive brochure and map are available in the Lyme Town Hall and at the information kiosk.   Click here for a trail map and brochure. Please note that part of the Yellow trail (formerly green trail) where it crosses private property is closed during hunting season in November and December, it remains open the rest of the year.   See also Jewett Preserve with connecting trails to Pleasant Valley Preserve.

Plimpton Preserve (LLCT) on Sterling City Road is about a half mile from Route 156 (near the fairgrounds). This 80-acre preserve protects the view of the ridge line behind Tiffany Farms as you approach Hamburg from the south on Rt. 156.  A steep trail provides access to spectacular seasonal views.  Trail map and brochure here.  For a pictorial newspaper review of the Plimpton Preserve in The Hartford Courant click here. Click here to view an interactive map for mobile devices on My Town Trails-Plimpton. To download the My Town Trail app, click here.

Ravine Trail (LLCT) is accessible from the easterly side of Joshuatown Road (across from the Selden Creek Preserve) or westerly side of Mitchell Hill Road.  This 1-mile trail crosses several properties, scrambles over rocks and up ridges as it passes through a fascinating ravine and along a former beaver pond. Trail Map and brochure.

River to Ridgetop Preserves – Pleasant Valley, Jewett Preserve, Eno Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, Pickwick’s Preserve (TNC, LLCT and Town of Lyme): These five contiguous preserves extend from river to ridgetop and protect a rare diversity of habitats, including streams, fields, wetlands and several woodland forest types.  The protected areas include more than a mile of high quality tributaries of the Connecticut River including parts of the Wild and Scenic Eightmile River, and spans over 1200 acres. Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on the yellow and white trails only in these preserves. Trail map and brochure. (Note: if the pdf doesn’t display properly, click on “Open with Different Viewer” which appears on the upper right hand side or try a different web browser.) To read a feature newspaper article on the southern portion of the River to Ridgetop Trail, click here.

Roaring Brook Preserve (LLCT) on Day Hill Road.  This diverse yet easily accessible preserve boasts the Rufus Barringer Interpretive Trail, designed to introduce youngsters to the natural world.  Signs describe interesting features along a short loop trail with access to Roaring Brook.  Trail map and brochure here.  For a pictorial newspaper review of Roaring Brook Preserve in The Day of New London, click here.

Selden Creek Preserve (The Nature Conservancy) and the Ravine Trail (LLCT) on Joshuatown Road. Selden Creek Preserve overlooks offer striking views of the tidal wetlands.  Selden-Ravine Trail Brochure

Selden Landing (TOL) The 2.5 acre preserve on Selden Road includes 157 feet of waterfront access along Selden Cove on the Connecticut River. It will be maintained as an open meadow. Brackish tidal wetlands and river marshland along the creek provides breeding, foraging, and resting habitat for migratory bird species. You may pull in by the sign to park. Please don’t park along the road. The property will be developed in the future to provide easier access for kayaks and canoes.

Sterling City Preserve (LLCT) is located on the southerly side of Sterling City Road and west of Birch Mill Road. This 3-acre preserve provides a bench overlooking an expansive field; perfect for a picnic or serene contemplation.  Brochure.

OTHER PROPERTIES IN LYME OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Gillette Castle State Park (State of Connecticut)Located in Lyme and East Haddam, Gillette Castle State Park has a network of beautiful hiking trails with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River. Some of the trails follow the original track lines of Gillette’s small gauge railroad. Gillette’s historic home is a highlight of this state park. Recreation includes hiking, picnicking, and camping. For a map, directions and other info from the CT DEEP.

Nehantic State Forest (State of Connecticut) The Lyme block is off Rt 156 between Sterling City Road and Keeney Road.  The Nehantic was the first state forest in New London County.  The forest was at one time the hunting grounds of the Nehantic Indians.  Recreation includes boating, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. For a map, directions and other info from the CT DEEP.

Selden Neck State Park (State of Connecticut) on the Connecticut River.  This park offers four camp-sites with outdoor cooking and toilets.  Access ONLY by boat.  For directions, maps, and more information from CT DEEP.
For a map of Selden Neck Trails by Paul Robertson

 

Please enjoy your hike, be on the look out for tracks and other signs of wildlife.  You may want to review the CT DEEP guidelines in case you are approached by a coyote: Living with Coyotes.
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Please use this form to report any observations or issues with the trails listed on this page.

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