Banningwood Preserve

Lyme Land Trust

102 acres in Lyme, CT

Parking: Small lot near 14 Town St, Lyme, CT

Trail Map            Trails: 1.7 miles        Rating: ★★★☆☆


From the parking area the loop trail either heads uphill to the left or across the driveway to the right.  The self-guided tour (pamphlets available at the kiosk or online) are numbered heading right to start but I decided to hike clockwise and headed uphill first.

A brief steep climb takes you up among rocky ledges with flowing folded rock explained geologically in the pamphlet.  After passing a small old quarry you reach Parker’s Perch and raised handsomely built platform with a view south towards Hadlyme’s Four Corners.  The view was lackluster at the start of spring, but I still chose to sit and enjoy it for a few minutes.

The trail stonewalls at the edge of the property with a view into an old farm field and just beyond that an old farm dumping ground complete with hundred of broken bottles, cans, and two old rusting cars.  A steep descent takes you to Diana’s Field which is a great location for a picnic with picnic tables, fire pit, and seating.

You can continue on the red loop for a shorter hike or jump onto the yellow loop for a slightly longer hike.

The yellow loop takes you out to Roaring Brook (one of many so named in the state) and follows it downstream for a number of great views all the way to the red trail and on to return to the parking area.


The property was acquired by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust in 2013 for $15,000.


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Last updated March 17th, 2024

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