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 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)
Sep 6 9:00 am Kristina – Jewett and Pleasant Valley Loop – 2 miles. Park at Macintosh Rd Parking lot.
Sep 13 9:30 am Sue – Roaring Brook Preserve – About 1 mile. Park along Day Hill Road. Walk through an old cedar grove and a quick steep decent through a hemlock stand down to the Roaring Brook. This is a dog-friendly hike! We will pause at the brook and let the pups splash around.
Sep 20 9:00 am Tony – Young Preserve – A bit of a climb to the top, then the trails are mostly flat and easy with abundant mountain laurel and mature forest. Meet at Young Parking lot on Gungy Road, 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Beaver Brook.
Sep 27 9:30 am Wendy – Johnston Preserve – Meet at the Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte 82. We will walk an approximately 3 mile loop past the highest point in Lyme, and along the white trail with beautiful overlooks.
Oct 4 9:00 am Kristina – Brockway Hawthorne Preserve – Walk an old road and onto our longest walkway over wetlands. Pass stone walls and laurel groves. Park at Joshuatown Rd Entrance by the Cedar Hill (Selden) Cemetery – 3 miles
Contact: Kristina.email@example.com. Please note: This trek has been cancelled due to weather.
Oct 11 9:00 am Tony – Plimpton Preserve– Some steep hills, but short hike to overlook. 1.75 mile loop with some walking on the road. Park across from the entrance on the side of Sterling City Rd. near Old Stone Post Rd.
Oct 18 9:30 am Sue – Thach Preserve – About 1.5 miles. Follow the red trail into the preserve and out to the yellow loop. Pause at the picnic table on the red trail to view the foliage and autumn activities on the beaver pond before ascending back towards the parking area.
(Oct 25 9:00 am Kristina – Chestnut Hill Preserve and Nehantic State Forest – 3 plus miles – walk up to Brown’s Hill where there are old foundations and stone walls from different periods. Park by Chestnut Hill Preserve entrance on Sterling Hill Rd.
Nov 1 9:30 am Wendy – Burnham Brook Preserve, Dolbia Hill Rd., East Haddam – 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. 2.4 mile trail loop in pristine upland forest with a section along vibrant Burnham Brook.
Nov 8 9:30 am Sue – Beebe Preserve – Full 1-mile Loop. Park in parking lot on Old Grassy Hill Rd.
Nov 15 9:00 am 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. Park in the Macintosh Road lot.
Nov 22 9:30 am Wendy – Hartman Park – Come view the colorful foliage and see what the beavers are up to. About 2 miles. Meet at Hartman Park Main Entrance, Gungy Rd.
Nov 29 9:00 am Kristina – Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve – 7 Riverview Drive – To find Riverview Drive, look for mailbox 79 Neck Rd. on the east side of the road (Route 156 in Old Lyme) – parking is on the left. Portions of the White trail are challenging, with some strenuous short steep sections up and down to the Lieutenant River. Views of the Lieutenant River and Connecticut River. Contact: Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 6 9:30 am Sue – Banningwood Preserve – Lower red to Diana’s field and upper red trail back out. 1 mile.
Dec 13 9:00am Tony – Ravine Trail – Beautiful ledges and overlooks. Some steep climbs and rocky trails. Park at Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Road.
Dec 20 9:30 am Wendy – McColluch Family Open Space, Whippoorwill Rd, Old Lyme– Meet at the parking lot on Whippoorwill Road, about 1 mile from intersection with Rte 1. This Town of Old Lyme property was opened in 2020. It was once a horse farm. About 2.5 miles.