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Whitehall Park and Forest

Ledyard Town Park

in Ledyard, CT

Parking: Small lot near 991 Shewville Rd Ledyard, CT

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I visited the Whitehall Preserve in late summer for what turned out to be a very short hike.  The preserve is easy to access off Rt. 2 and the parking is tucked along a bend in the road.  A small lot has room for 4-5 cars.

I started off taking the lower trails by crossing the bridge.  The trail quickly became overgrown by thorny bushes and bittersweet.  There were many side trails and dead ends, but I pushed through a bit of a maze to complete the loop.  The trails heading uphill are easier to hike, but were still a bit overgrown.  I first hiked up to the “high ledge overlook” which was probably .3 miles from the trailhead.  It is a definitely a seasonal overlook, though you were on a high forested hill it was just a view down into the woods in the summer.

From there I took the most obvious path to the natural stone throne.  The trail reaches a utility corridor and heads downhill towards the throne.  The stone is pretty impressive with the wide “seat” being about three feet high and a tall back.  For me it was less of a throne and more of a lounge chair.  Unfortunately there isn’t much of a view from the throne and it is surrounded by poison ivy.  A quick walk downhill took me back to the trailhead for a total loop of just under a mile.

History:

The Whitehall Preserve was designated a National Wildlife Fund Certified Wildlife Habitat.


Links:

Peter Marteka – A Forest Where All Can Sit on a Throne

Ledyard Garden Club – Whitehall Preserve Conservation Project

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Aug 6, 2019

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Whitehall Park and Forest

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in Ledyard, CT

Parking: Small lot near 991 Shewville Rd Ledyard, CT

Trail Map


I visited the Whitehall Preserve in late summer for what turned out to be a very short hike.  The preserve is easy to access off Rt. 2 and the parking is tucked along a bend in the road.  A small lot has room for 4-5 cars.

I started off taking the lower trails by crossing the bridge.  The trail quickly became overgrown by thorny bushes and bittersweet.  There were many side trails and dead ends, but I pushed through a bit of a maze to complete the loop.  The trails heading uphill are easier to hike, but were still a bit overgrown.  I first hiked up to the “high ledge overlook” which was probably .3 miles from the trailhead.  It is a definitely a seasonal overlook, though you were on a high forested hill it was just a view down into the woods in the summer.

From there I took the most obvious path to the natural stone throne.  The trail reaches a utility corridor and heads downhill towards the throne.  The stone is pretty impressive with the wide “seat” being about three feet high and a tall back.  For me it was less of a throne and more of a lounge chair.  Unfortunately there isn’t much of a view from the throne and it is surrounded by poison ivy.  A quick walk downhill took me back to the trailhead for a total loop of just under a mile.

History:

The Whitehall Preserve was designated a National Wildlife Fund Certified Wildlife Habitat.


Links:

Peter Marteka – A Forest Where All Can Sit on a Throne

Ledyard Garden Club – Whitehall Preserve Conservation Project

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Aug 6, 2019

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in Ledyard, CT

Parking: Small lot near 991 Shewville Rd Ledyard, CT

Trail Map


I visited the Whitehall Preserve in late summer for what turned out to be a very short hike.  The preserve is easy to access off Rt. 2 and the parking is tucked along a bend in the road.  A small lot has room for 4-5 cars.

I started off taking the lower trails by crossing the bridge.  The trail quickly became overgrown by thorny bushes and bittersweet.  There were many side trails and dead ends, but I pushed through a bit of a maze to complete the loop.  The trails heading uphill are easier to hike, but were still a bit overgrown.  I first hiked up to the “high ledge overlook” which was probably .3 miles from the trailhead.  It is a definitely a seasonal overlook, though you were on a high forested hill it was just a view down into the woods in the summer.

From there I took the most obvious path to the natural stone throne.  The trail reaches a utility corridor and heads downhill towards the throne.  The stone is pretty impressive with the wide “seat” being about three feet high and a tall back.  For me it was less of a throne and more of a lounge chair.  Unfortunately there isn’t much of a view from the throne and it is surrounded by poison ivy.  A quick walk downhill took me back to the trailhead for a total loop of just under a mile.

History:

The Whitehall Preserve was designated a National Wildlife Fund Certified Wildlife Habitat.


Links:

Peter Marteka – A Forest Where All Can Sit on a Throne

Ledyard Garden Club – Whitehall Preserve Conservation Project

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Aug 6, 2019

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Trail Map


I visited the Whitehall Preserve in late summer for what turned out to be a very short hike.  The preserve is easy to access off Rt. 2 and the parking is tucked along a bend in the road.  A small lot has room for 4-5 cars.

I started off taking the lower trails by crossing the bridge.  The trail quickly became overgrown by thorny bushes and bittersweet.  There were many side trails and dead ends, but I pushed through a bit of a maze to complete the loop.  The trails heading uphill are easier to hike, but were still a bit overgrown.  I first hiked up to the “high ledge overlook” which was probably .3 miles from the trailhead.  It is a definitely a seasonal overlook, though you were on a high forested hill it was just a view down into the woods in the summer.

From there I took the most obvious path to the natural stone throne.  The trail reaches a utility corridor and heads downhill towards the throne.  The stone is pretty impressive with the wide “seat” being about three feet high and a tall back.  For me it was less of a throne and more of a lounge chair.  Unfortunately there isn’t much of a view from the throne and it is surrounded by poison ivy.  A quick walk downhill took me back to the trailhead for a total loop of just under a mile.

History:

The Whitehall Preserve was designated a National Wildlife Fund Certified Wildlife Habitat.


Links:

Peter Marteka – A Forest Where All Can Sit on a Throne

Ledyard Garden Club – Whitehall Preserve Conservation Project

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Aug 6, 2019