Time: 9:00 or 9:30 AM start (check listing) Walks are about 2 hours.
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 Jim Arrigoni, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, Ryan Quinn and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about 2 hours and 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)
Sep 12, 2023 – 9:00 am Kristina – Jewett / Pleasant Valley Loop – A 2.5-3 mile loop that takes us through fields, up and over hills, and next to the Eightmile River. Park at the Pleasant Valley parking lot on Macintosh Rd.
Sep 19 – 9:00 am Jim – Plimpton Preserve – a moderately strenuous 1.7-mile loop will take us to an overlook where we’ll enjoy views of Hamburg Cove and the Connecticut River. We’ll also “go back in time” as part of the trail overlaps with the long-abandoned Meetinghouse Hill Road. Park along Sterling City Road near Preserve entrance by the junction of Sterling City Road and Stone Post Road.
Sep 26 – 9:00 am Tony– Selden Creek – An early autumn 2-mile meander as we look to see how the woodland is changing with the season. Meet at Selden Creek entrance on Joshuatown Road
Oct 3 – 9:30 am Wendy – Hartman Park – Come see the colors of early fall in the meadow and check out what the beavers are up to. About 2.5 miles. Meet at Hartman Park Field Entrance, (about 1/2 mile north of the main entrance) Gungy Rd.
Oct 10 – 9:00 am Quinn – Roaring Brook – Welcome to the first Tuesday Trek with Quinn! We’ll take a leisurely 0.7 mile hike through the Roaring Brook Preserve. We are going to enjoy the journey; bring your field guides and cameras. Meet at the entrance on Day Hill Rd. Park along the side of the road.
Oct 17 – 9:00 am Kristina – Johnston Preserve – Hike the fuschia loop, roughly 2.6 miles. See indigenous stoneworks while walking amongst the fall foliage. Meet at Johnston Preserve parking lot on Route 82.
Oct 24 – 9:00 am Jim – Beebe Preserve – Enjoy a very gentle 1-mile walk through autumn woods that are rich in indigenous and more recent human history, where now only wildlife is at work preparing for the New England winter to come. Bring binoculars for viewing waterfowl and other aquatic wildlife at the beaver pond overlook. Meet at parking lot and Preserve entrance on Old Grassy Hill Road.
Oct 31 – 9:00 am Tony– Pleasant Valley Preserve – Come for a ghoulish 3+ mile walk through the enchanted forest of the Pleasant Valley Preserve. Late fall overlook of Pleasant Valley and beyond. Meet at entrance on Macintosh Road.
Nov 7 – 9:00 am Quinn – Hartman Park – Explore the north end of Hartman Park. Our hike will visit historic foundations and finish on the Goodwin trail. This 3+ mile hike will meet at the Goodwin Trail parking area north of the main entrance.
Nov 14 – 9:30 am Wendy – Young/Walbridge Preserves – The trails are mostly moderately easy with some spectacular rock outcroppings, abundant mountain laurel, and mature forest. Steep incline at the end but there are alternative routes. About 2 miles. Meet at Young Parking lot on Gungy Road, 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Beaver Brook.
Nov 21 – 9:00 am Kristina – Brockway-Hawthrone Preserve / Ravine Trail – A roughly 3 plus mile hike past laurel groves, through a ravine and to a beautiful overlook. Park at Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve parking lot on Brush Hill Rd.
Nov 28 – 9:00 am Jim – Banningwood Preserve – Explore the rich variety of habitats including meadows, streams and wetlands, and upland and floodplain forests on a gentle ~1.5-mile walk. An ongoing 2.6-acre invasive plant management project will also be highlighted, as well as any birds and other wildlife we see or hear along the way. Meet at parking lot and Preserve entrance on Route 82.
Dec 5 – 9:00 am Tony – Mt. Archer Woods – This relatively flat walk covers about three miles of mature forest atop Mt. Archer with beautiful seasonal views. Meet at Mt. Archer Woods parking lot, Mt Archer Rd.
Dec 12 – 9:00 am Quinn – Selden Creek Preserve – Winter is here. Bundle up for a 2-mile trek to explore this preserve during the quiet time of the year. Meet at the parking lot and entrance on Joshuatown Rd.
Dec 19 – 9:30 am Wendy – Johnston Preserve – We will walk an approximately 3-mile loop past the highest point in Lyme, and along the white trail with beautiful overlooks. Meet at the Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte 82.