Hoffman Evergreen Preserve
199 acres in Stonington, CT
Parking: Small lot near 532-632 CT-201, Stonington, CT
Trail Map Trails: 3 miles Rating: ★★★☆☆
My first hike of Hoffman Evergreen Preserve happened to be the day before it closed for a few months for a timber harvest that alters the land for years to come. I hiked every trail and tried to record as much as I could for posterity and comparison. The timber harvest has long since completed, but I haven’t been back so this description may not be up to date.
After crossing Rt. 201 I entered the preserve through the gap in the stone wall and followed the red trail over a small hill to follow a long stretch of pine shaded trail along a stonewall.
At the time the orange trail was newly added and not shows on the existing trail map so I followed it noting a small small den in a hill just off the trail. The trail soon reached a junction with the red trail which I followed through open pines to a few small stonewall pens.
The red trail dead ends at the blue trail at the far end of the property. This section appears to be an old farm road and continues off the preserve’s property instead looping back on little used trail over a hilly section.
Off the blue trail used to a “Pine Circle” trail, a short loop through a stunning pine grove, but I’m guessing this area was affected by the timber harvest as it is not featured on the current map. Just beyond this area is a slow climb to Bennett’s Yard an old 19th century cemetary. I unfortunately missed this due to the confusing blazing of having two forks colored blue.
I returned to the trailhead on yellow and blue trails which were nice extensions to lengthen the hike, but didn’t really offer much for points of interest.
Preserved in 1976.
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