Joshua’s Trust Land Trust
122.6 acres in Windham, CT
Parking: Small lot at 165 Back Rd Windham, CT
The trails of the Allanach-Wolf Woodlands are one of the great Joshua’s Trust properties. Heading left from the main parking area passes through pollinator and native plants garden that flowers beautifully in the spring. There is a bench above a short slope to the water with a view of Lake Marie. Following the curved trail over the paved driveway winds through a hemlock grove. Crossing over the pavement again heads down among the pines to a small peninsula where a table serves as a great picnic spot.
The paved driveway and the garage at the end are some of the obvious reminders of Ada Wolf’s ownership. The turnaround below the garage provides yet another view of the water. Lake Marie is a shallow 22-acre pond that prohibits both boating and fishing. Active beavers can be seen throughout the year. In early winter I watched from the lean-to at the north end of the lake as a beaver ambled down the bank before slipping under the ice and swimming off. In the summer you can see their trails through lily pads and algae that cover the water.
The northern section of the property is trailed by the .6 mile yellow trail an old out-and-back cart path. The Joshua’s trust website mentions the possibility of a greenway in this area and there is evidence of roughly another mile of unblazed trail that leaves the property (likely private property without an easement at this time). There are also the faint remainders of other paths branching off into the woods which I have explored over the years.
I certainly hope the Woodlands trail system expands as it is one of the great Joshua’s Trust properties. From the views along Lake Marie, hiking along Ballymahack Brook, and peaceful settings throughout I’ve found reason to revisit this place time and again.
In July of 2018, Congressman Chris Murphy held a “Congress on Your Hike” to talk with local residents at the Woodlands and to respond to issues.
Preserved in 2009 when it was donated by Ada Wolf.
May, 2010 :Allanach-Wolf Dedication
April, 2010: Benefactor’s Exceptional Generosity to be Celebrated May 23
November, 2009 :Allanach-Wolf Woodlands
Peter Marteka – A Simple Request To Preserve A Place Of Natural Beauty
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Last updated July 17, 2018