Time: 9:30-11:30ish AM
Place: A different Lyme preserve each week.
Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve.
Inclement weather cancels.
The schedule (please note that the schedule may change)
Mar 22 Tony – Eno/Mt Archer–Visit the ruins and see seasonal vistas of the CT River. Meet at Jewett cemetery parking lot, Mt Archer Rd.
Mar 29 Wendy – Selden Landing–2.5 acre preserve on Selden Cove. We will walk the short paths at the preserve and then walk on Selden Rd. to the CT River and back. 1.5+ miles. Pull in and park by the Selden Landing sign on Selden Rd.
April 5 Kristina – Jewett Preserve – White trail loop to orange trail and back. See some interesting rock walls and formations. About 1.75 miles. Park at the Jewett cemetery entrance, Mt Archer Road.
April 12 Sue – Ravine Trail – Meet at Mitchell Hill entrance and meander through a transitioning hemlock forest, past a “beaver meadow” and up into the ravine area, filled with fascinating geological features and hints of indigenous peoples. About 1.5 miles.
April 19 Tony – Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve – Vernal pools are ripe with amphibian eggs this time of year. We’ll look at one of the best I have found and will discuss and observe this initial stage of development of wood frog and spotted salamander. We might talk about other things too. Meet at the Brockway-Hawthorne entrance on Brush Hill Road.
Apr 26 Kristina – Johnston Preserve – Hike the fuchsia loop and white trail which brings us to the overlook and back. 3.2 miles. Meet at Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte 82.
May 3 Wendy – Chestnut Hill Preserve/Nehantic State Forest to Uncas Lake and back. We’ll look for spring ephemeral plants along the way. About 2.5 miles. Roadside parking at Chestnut Hill entrance, Sterling Hill Rd, Lyme
May 10 Tony – Selden Creek Preserve – Spring is popping so we’ll be looking at plants and trees and how they fit into the various landscapes the preserve has to offer. Parking is at the preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road.
May 17 Sue – Banningwood Preserve – Begin on lower red trail along Roaring Brook into the wooded wetlands and floodplain area. Follow red as we move up through Diana’s Field and into the upland woodlands of the preserve with noticeable signs of their agricultural past. About 1.75 miles.
May 24 Wendy – Hartman Park. Come see what is growing in the meadow and transitional forest around it. We’ll then walk my favorite yellow/red trail loop. About 2.5 miles. Meet at Field Entrance, Gungy Rd.
May 31 Kristina – Brockway Hawthorne Preserve – We will begin at the Joshuatown Rd entrance and hike the purple to white trail and back. About 2.5 miles. Park along the road opposite 452-2 Joshuatown Rd.
June 7 Sue – Thach Preserve – Follow the ¼ mile woods road to this undeveloped and now preserved flag lot, perched perfectly along a secluded beaver pond. Watch for lots of wildlife on the pond as we pass by and then move into the wooded wetland area of dense laurels and a wonderful freshwater creek. About 1.25 miles.
June 14 Tony – Pleasant Valley Preserve – The early history of European agriculture and land use is epitomized here going back to the mid-1600’s. There are also some fine examples of glacial activity and its impact on colonial land use practices. Hike to the overlook, about three miles. Meet at the PV parking lot on Macintosh Road off Rt 156.
June 21 Wendy – Selden Creek Preserve – Meet at Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Rd. This is a 2.5 mile hike with beautiful vistas of Selden Creek and surrounding marshlands.