Dennis Farm Preserve
380 acres in Pomfret, CT
Parking: Small pull of near 21 Dennis Rd, Pomfret Center, CT
Trail Map Trails: 2 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The first thing to note is that this is NOT a loop hike. On the map above the Dennis Farm Preserve trail is 2 miles colored in yellow and connects to the 4H Camp trails colored green. I was unwilling to hike back around and so just tromped through the woods on what’s left colored red. I wouldn’t advise doing the same I knew which direction to head and could confirm I hadn’t missed the trail thanks to tracking the hike.
From the pile of wood chips that serves as both the parking and the trailhead the trail heads off among the ferns down an old stretch of Old Kings Highway. The old road is lined by stonewalls that have filled in with lots of low growth.
The trail soon takes a hard left through the stonewall and begins to meander through a forest of tall trees and low understory. Yellow blazes are occasional but the path was pretty straightforward to follow for the first mile. After a mile the occasional blazes cease and only a directional arrow at the biggest points of confusion. I was only sure I was on the trail about 70% of the time in this second mile since the trail is so seldom used. Long stretches where I hoped I was heading in the right direction until finally coming upon another arrow.
The trails do eventually connect to the backside of the 4H camp. They become quite clear and well traveled looping from the pond up into the woods and back to the cabins/buildings. As I said in the intro the Dennis Farm trail is an out and back, but I was unwilling to hike back the way I came and knew I was close to a section of trail. I cut through the woods and while my bearings were slightly off I pretty easily found the trail after skirting around a thicket of mountain laurel and returned to the parking area.
Colonel Edward B. Dennis donated this farmland to the Conservancy in 1973.
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Last updated August 16th, 2022
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