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, 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)
Mar 14 – 9:30 am Jim – Thach Preserve – Park in lot on 131 Brush Hill Road. Still winter in the preserves but changes are happening. Come to Thach and let’s explore this short 1-mile loop to see what spring might be hiding for us just around the corner.
(Reschedule) Wed. Mar 15 – 9:30 am Wendy – Selden Creek Preserve, Lyme – Meet at Selden Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Rd. 2+ mile hike to beautiful vistas of Selden Creek and surrounding marshlands.This walk was rescheduled from Feb 28.
Mar 21 – 9:00 am Tony – Ravine Trail – Park at Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Road. Beautiful ledges and overlooks. Some steep climbs and rocky trails.
Mar 28 – 9:30 am Wendy – Burnham Brook Preserve, Dolbia Hill Rd., East Haddam – A 2.4 mile trail loop in pristine upland forest with a section along vibrant Burnham Brook. Directions: At the end of Rte. 156, take a right onto Rte. 82, travel 2.7 miles, take left onto Woodbridge Road, travel 1 mile (stay right), take left onto Dolbia Hill Rd. Park by Preserve sign along the side of the road.
April 4 – 9:00 am Kristina and Brady – Nehantic State Park – hike part of the blue loop trail on ridges and in ravines. 2-2.5 miles. Park at Keeny Rd parking lot – north entrance. Map – NehanticNewWeb (ct.gov)
Apr 11 – 9:00 am Jim – Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve – gentle ~2-mile walk through forest, wetland, and streamside habitats. Park at lot on Brush Hill Road, ½ mile south of Hadlyme General Store.
Apr 18 – 9:00 am Tony – Selden Creek Preserve – We’ll look for changes in the landscape as we get into spring. Meet at Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Rd.
Apr 25 – 9:00 am Wendy – Griswold Point, Old Lyme – Taking advantage of low tide and depending upon conditions, we will walk to the end of Griswold Point and back. About 1 mile. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is slim possibility of wet shoes. Meet at White Sands Beach Parking Lot, 11 Seaside Ln, Old Lyme.
May 2 – 9:00 am Kristina and Brady – Ravine Trail – hike up the ravine to overlook then to purple trail. Challenging terrain. 2.5 miles. Park at Mitchell Hill Rd. entrance.
May 9 – 9:00 am Jim – Johnston Preserve – 3-mile hike over moderate terrain through upland forest while being serenaded by nesting bird species like Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Park in Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte. 82.
May 16 – 9:30 am Wendy – Honey Hill Preserve – This small gem of a preserve has a 1-mile loop with a variety of large trees, Babbling Brook, and interesting natural and human-made rock formations. Meet at the parking area on Clark Rd.
May 23- 9:00 am Tony – Young Preserve – The variety of habitat types come into focus as we move into late spring. Meet at Young Preserve parking Lot, Gungy Rd., 1/2 mile north of intersection with Beaver Brook Road.
May 30 9:00 am – Kristina – Jewett and Pleasant Valley loop – Hike through fields and over part of Mt Archer and back along bubbling brook. 2-2.5 miles. Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking lot, on MacIntosh Rd. Access MacIntosh Road from Mt. Archer Road because the bridge between the lot and Rte 156 will be closed.
June 6 – 9:00 am – Jim – Banningwood Preserve – gentle 2-mile walk through varied terrain that supports breeding birds such as Louisiana Waterthrush and Worm-eating Warbler. Meet at Banningwood Preserve parking lot on Town St. (Rte 82), 1/4 mile north of the Hadlyme Country Market.
June 13 – 9:00 am Tony – Patrell/Chapel Farm Preserve – The glacial geology is the driving force behind this preserve along the Eightmile River. Meet at Baker Lane parking area.
June 20 – 9:30 am Wendy – Goodwin Trail segment-Hartman Park through Salem – We will walk through Salem preserves with interesting stone structures. Along the way, we will visit a large ancient oak tree. 2+ miles. Meet at the Goodwin Trail kiosk entrance in Hartman Park on Gungy Rd, Lyme – 3/4 mile north of Hartman Park Main Entrance. Parking is pull-in across the road and along the edge of road.