Trail Wood, CT Audubon

CT Audubon Society at Trail Wood It’s the last day of September. I’m sitting in writer-naturalist Edwin Way Teale’s writing cabin at the CT Audubon Society at Trail Wood in Hampton, CT. September has been a month of transition. A month of challenges and of successes. I’m so grateful I gave myself this little retreat … Continue reading Trail Wood, CT Audubon

Joshua’s Trust: Utley Hill Preserve

Location: Columbia, CT Links: Joshua's Trust; Trail Map PDF; Joshua's Trust Facebook Page Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2019 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours Weather: Overcast and wet; 35-40 degrees F I'll admit, I was concerned about being underwhelmed with this hike when we were first researching and planning it. Many of the Joshua's … Continue reading Joshua’s Trust: Utley Hill Preserve

Sugar Brook Loop Trail

Location: Plainfield, CT Links: AllTrails; Explore Connecticut; Trail Map Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Hike Duration: 4.7 miles; 3 hours Stats: Approximately 11,500 steps; 25 floors Weather: Overcast; light snow flurries; 30-35 degrees F Our lunch with a view Today's mission was to find a place where we could wander in the woods. We … Continue reading Sugar Brook Loop Trail

Bull Hill

Location: Thompson/Woodstock, CT Links: Wyndham Land Trust; Last Green Valley; AllTrails; Hartford Courant article Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Hike Duration: 2.4 miles; 1.5 hours Weather: Partly cloudy; 35 degrees F This one was a family hike! We parked at the end of Bull Hill Road, just outside the metal gate. … Continue reading Bull Hill

Tracking Turkeys

Location: Boston Turnpike Trail, Eastford, CT Links: Eastford Conservation; Brochure PDF; Trail Map Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2018 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am Hike Duration: 4 miles Weather: Clear and sunny! Around 30 degrees F According to the posted description at the beginning of this trail, the Boston Turnpike was "the major East-West connector between Hartford and Boston, … Continue reading Tracking Turkeys

Chasing Waterfalls

Location: Gay City State Park in Hebron and Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury Town Park, CT Links: Gay City State Park CT DEEP; Trail Map PDF; Blackledge Falls; Blackeldge Falls Brochure PDF; Blackledge Falls Trail Map PDF Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018 Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 6.5-7 miles; approximately 16,500 steps and 50 floors; … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls

Leaf Strewn Forest Trails

Location: James L. Goodwin State Forest - Black Spruce Pond and Orchard Hill Lookout - Hampton/Chaplin, CT Links:  Trail Map PDF, CT DEEP Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am Hike Duration: 4 miles; 2.5 hours Weather: Overcast, light sprinkles at times; somewhere around 65 degrees F The sky was overcast with moisture in … Continue reading Leaf Strewn Forest Trails

Blue Jay Alley to The Ancient One

Location: Bafflin Sanctuary, Pomfret, CT Links: CT Audubon Society; All Trails; Map PDF Date: Thursday, September 20th, 2018 Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Hike Duration: 3-3.5 miles; 3 hours Weather: Partly sunny. Temps 55-65 degrees F Dennis had to work this afternoon, so we opted for a hike closer to home. We parked at the Bafflin … Continue reading Blue Jay Alley to The Ancient One

Red-Spotted Newts and Spider Webs

Location: Bigelow Hollow State Park/Nipmuck State Forest, Union, CT Links: CT Deep; Trail Map PDF Date: Thursday, September 13th Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Hike Duration: 6 miles; 3 hours Weather: Overcast, misty and damp, 60-65 degrees F This hike is being brought to you by the number 6. We hiked about 6 miles. We … Continue reading Red-Spotted Newts and Spider Webs

Bafflin Sanctuary – Ledge Trail

Location: Pomfret, CT Links: CT Audubon Society; All Trails; Map PDF Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am Hike Duration: 2 hours; 1.25 miles Weather: Sunny and cooler. Temps 65-75 degrees "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." … Continue reading Bafflin Sanctuary – Ledge Trail