79 acres in Ashford, CT
Trail Map Trails: 2.6 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
There are two sections of the trail at Church Farm. The first is the loop off Varga Rd to the ledges above Rt. 89 and the second is the Meadows Trail east of Rt. 89.
The 2.1 mile yellow trail is a fairly simple rolling loop that is mostly rough trail and old farm road. Since it is slightly more difficult to access the often narrow and less established but easy enough to follow. The first section passes through woods owned by Eastern Connecticut State University who have turned the farmhouse into a Center for Arts and Sciences. A blue access trail has been added since my last visit that I haven’t yet explored. The far end of the loop, closest to Rt. 89 indicated as ‘Ledges’, is heavy with pines and doesn’t offer much of a view though it is a steep descent to 89.
The meadows trail passes down a short forested hill and opens into the meadow along a lengthly boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk the trail turns left until it reaches the bridge over the Mt. Hope River on 89.
Preserved in 1985, 1987 and 1998.
Peter Marteka – Church Farm Preserve Offers Views Of Mount Hope River (2010)
CTMQ – JT: Church Farm Preserve (2017)