Lyme is fortunate to have an extensive network of trails that provide access to many beautiful and unique areas. The conservation organizations in town work cooperatively to build and maintain trails that link together and often cross many boundaries. Trail maps are available to down load on this page (quick links on the right) and many Preserves have printed maps that are available in Library and the Lyme Town Hall.
My Town Trails App. Never be lost again with this 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. To download the My Town Trail app, click here.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) & Town of Lyme (TOL) Trails
Trails of Lyme: A map of all the trails and properties with free public access.
Banningwood Preserve: 102 acres, 41 25’25”.11 N, 72’24’07.49″ W
Directions: Town Street, 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners
Description: Located in Hadlyme this Land Trust Preserve protects nearly 3/4 of mile of Roaring Brook. The mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings make great hiking. Learn about the Geology, the Banningwood acquisition, or read a trail write-up from WFSB.
Maps: Banningwood Trail Map PDF. My Town Trails-Banningwood.
Beebe Preserve: 83 acres, 41 24’21.97″ N, 72 16’55’.93″ W
Directions: Parking area on Old Grassy Hill Road near the East Lyme town line.
Description: 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. Check out the geocache www.geocaching.com in this Preserve.
Map: Trail map and brochure.
Chestnut Hill Preserve: 43 acres, 41 23’00.26″ N, 72 19’44.50″ W
Directions: Park along Sterling Hill Road. The trail head is marked with a large sign.
Descriptions: The LLCT Chestnut Hill Preserve is surrounded by the Nehantic State Forest and Land Trust easement properties. The red trail joins the Nehantic trail system to loop back to Sterling Hill Road for an easy to moderate hike. Longer walk options are available in conjunction with Nehantic State Forest Trails. If you are interested in geocaching visit www.geocaching.com for locations on this Preserve.
Map: Trail map and brochure of Chestnut Hill and Trail Map of Chestnut Hill with Nehantic State Forest.
Clucas Field: 23.84 acres, 41 24’47.47″N, 72 22’15.85″W
Directions: Park near the gate with the Clucas Field Sign along Brush Hill Road.
Description: The Clucas field is a mostly open meadow that is mowed annually. There are steep rock ledges, a charming brook and wetlands that surround the field. There are no trails but enjoy the property and take a stroll around the field, have a picnic, or do some birdwatching.
Eno Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, and Pickwick’s Preserve 398 acres, 41 24’33.79″N, 72 21’12.60″W
Directions: These abutting preserves are located at the top of Mount Archer on the southerly side of Mt. Archer Road.
Description: Approximately 3 miles of trails traverse the properties and pass old foundations that may have archeological significance. 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 (LLCT) and Mount Archer Woods (Town of Lyme).
Maps: Information and maps are available at a kiosk in the parking area on the Mount Archer Woods. Trail map and brochure.
Honey Hill Preserve: 40 acres, 41 25’33.78″N, 72 22’43.96″W
Directions: Clark Road approximately 200 yards from Route 82.
Description: A short 1 mile loop trail winds through mature forest with a diversity of tree species.
Maps: 1 mile trail. Trail map and brochure.
Grassy Hill Preserve: 4.26 acres, 41 23’51.46″N, 72 17’12.58″ W
Directions: On Grassy Hill Road next to the Grassy Hill Congregational Church.
Description: 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.
Maps: Follow the mowed path around the perimeter of the field next to the church.
Lyme Corner Trails: Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands & Philip E. Young Preserve 422 acres, 41 25’33.81″N, 72 17’15.05″W
Directions: East side of Gungy Road north of Beaver Brook Road.
Descriptions: The Lyme Corner Trails cross properties that are owned by the Town of Lyme and the LLCT and managed cooperatively. In addition the Goodwin Trail passes along the northern portion of these trails and trails extend into the Nehantic State Forest to the north. Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on all trails except the white. Beaver ponds, woods roads, scenic views and historically significant stone remains. 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. 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).
Maps: Over 12 miles of trails with linkage to the multi-town Goodwin Trail. Lyme Corner Trails brochure and map.
Jewett Preserve 434 acres, 41 24’40.23″N, 72 21’29.96″W
Directions: Parking area at the top of Mount Archer with access from the northerly side of Mt. Archer Road and from Macintosh Road at Pleasant Valley Preserve.
Description: The Jewett Preserve abuts the Pleasant Valley Preserve and is across the road from Mount Archer Woods and the Eno Preserve. Multi use (hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding) is allowed on the yellow and white trails only in this preserve. The trails are managed jointly by the Town of Lyme and The Nature Conservancy.
Maps: Trail map and brochure.
Patrell Preserve/Chapal Farm, 109 acres, 41 26’05.64″N, 72 19’55.98″W
Directions: Parking area off Baker Lane in East Haddam. Parking for access to the Goodwin Trail. A large kiosk provides maps and trail information.
Description: The Patrell Preserve in Lyme is only a small part of a much larger group of protected properties in East Haddam known as the Chapal Farm. Acquisition of these properties was the result of several cooperative joint projects including the Towns of East Haddam and Lyme, the State of Connecticut, and East Haddam and Lyme Land Conservation Trusts. Trails follow more than 3000 feet of frontage on the Eightmile River. Click here for a brief article describing the Preserve.
Maps: Trail map and brochure.
Pleasant Valley Preserve (PVP) 235 acres, 41 24’47.45″N, 72 20’23.53″W
Directions: Pull off parking on the north side of Macintosh Road, just past the bridge.
Description: This 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. Please note that part of the Yellow trail ,where it crosses private property, is closed during hunting season in November and December. PVP is managed by the LLCT for The Nature Conservancy. See also Jewett Preserve for trails that connect to Pleasant Valley Preserve.
Maps: Trail map and brochure.
Plimpton Preserve: 80 acres, 41 23’15.94″N, 72 20’46.48″W
Directions: There is a small pull off parking area near the fence that is located on private property on Sterling City Road is about a half mile from Route 156 (near the fairgrounds).
Description: This land trust 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. To complete a loop it is necessary to walk a short distance along Sterling City Road. For a pictorial newspaper review of the Plimpton Preserve in The Hartford Courant click here.
Maps: Trail map and brochure
Ravine Trail/Selden Creek Preserve: 394 acres, 41 24’29.24″N, 72 23’52.94″W
Directions: Parking is located on the Selden Creek Preserve or on the westerly side of Mitchell Hill Road (41 24’30.54″N, 72 23’11.42″W).
Description: The 1-mile Ravine Trail crosses several properties owned by the Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. The trail scrambles over rocks and up ridges as it passes through a fascinating ravine and along a former beaver pond. A gentler trail was recently constructed to allow a loop or easier access. Please note that the trail along the beaver pond is periodically flooded and inaccessible. Trails throughout the Selden Creek Preserve provide striking views of the tidal wetlands along the Connecticut River. For a summary of what you’ll find on your hike click here.
Maps: Trail map and brochure.
River to Ridgetop Map: Trail Map and brochure of the 1200 acres that encompasses the contiguous preserves, Pleasant Valley, Jewett, Eno, Mt Archer Woods and Pickwick Preserve. One can hike through the woods on the complex of trails between the Pleasant Valley Preserve entrance on Macintosh Road and the Pickwick Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road and .
Roaring Brook Preserve: 7.5 acres, 41 25’18.56″N, 72 24’34.89″W
Directions: A small parking area off Day Hill Road.
Description: This relatively small Land Trust preserve has a lot to offer. Follow the Rufus Barringer Interpretive Trail and visitors pass through fields and down to the cooling waters of Roaring Brook. There are interesting rocks to explore or just soak your feet in the water. Interpretive signs are posted along the trail to describe interesting features along the loop trail. For a pictorial newspaper review of Roaring Brook Preserve in The Day of New London, click here.
Maps: Trail map and brochure
Selden Landing: 2.5 acres, 41 24’50.67″N, 72 24’54.69″W
Directions: Pull off along the road near the sign.
Description: Great views from the rocky bluff make this a pleasant place to birdwatch or enjoy a picnic. The Preserve 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. The property will be developed in the future to provide easier access for kayaks and canoes.
Sterling City Preserve: 3 acres, 41 23’03.72″N, 72 20’24.64″W
Directions: This open field is located on the southerly side of Sterling City Road and west of Birch Mill Road.
Description: A bench near the gate provides a perfect spot 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.
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, please contact the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.