Whitehall Park and Forest
in Ledyard, CT
Parking: Small lot near 991 Shewville Rd Ledyard, CT
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.
The Whitehall Preserve was designated a National Wildlife Fund Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Peter Marteka – A Forest Where All Can Sit on a Throne
Ledyard Garden Club – Whitehall Preserve Conservation Project