Joshua's Trust

Joshua’s Trust is one of Connecticut’s largest land trusts operating in the northeast corner of the state they protect more than 4,500 acres across 61 properties with about 46 miles of trails.  Not all their preserves are hikeable however.

I explored every property (at the time) in 2016 and made movies for each town, find the YouTube playlist by clicking here.

Official Links:

History:

Rudy Favretti wrote a book called 50 Years of Joshua’s Trust 1966-2016: The Story of Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust in 2016.  I have read the book and hope to post my notes on it soon.

The land trust used to publish a Walk Book, the first edition was published in 1988 and was discontinued after the 4th edition published in 2005.  It was written by the late Dr. Samuel Dodd, a founding member of the trust.

Scroll below the list for a map (select the map tab)


  • Allanach-Wolf Woodlands ★★—  1.5 miles — One of my favorite JT properties with views of Lake Marie and simple trails
  • Babcock Preserve — .25 miles — I have not been able to locate the short trail here on any of my visits to Schoolhouse Brook
  • Bernard Church Woods — 0.5 miles — Awkward  trail that was passable on last visit but little to highlight
  • Bradley-Buchanan Woods ★★— .5 miles — A short hike through a very rare geologic area in Connecticut called a kame terrace with connections to Mansfield Hollow
  • Chenes Roches Preserve ★★— 1.1 miles — Named for the big rocks and trees this preserve has surprising trails tucked in its acres
  • Church Farm ★★— 3 miles — A loop ‘Ledges’ trail on one side of Rt 89 and a ‘Meadows’ trail on the other
  • Coney Rock Preserve —★★★— 5 miles — Steep climbs to a couple ridgeline overlooks
  • Couch Preserve ★★— 0.6 miles — A simple lollipop loop with a connector to nearby Williams Preserve
  • Dorothy Goodwin Reserve — .6 miles — A  unmaintained short hike that passes an interesting rock outcrop
  • Dunham Woods ★★— 1 mile — A short hike with seasonal views of Dunham Pond and connections to the town-owned Dunhamtown Woods
  • Fliegel Farm Woods — .5 miles — A short Fern Glade lollipop loop trail along the Old Connecticut Path
  • Friedman Forest ★★— 2.7 miles — A self guided tree identification walk with three loop options and a heron rookery
  • Gurleyville Grist Mill
  • Hemphill Woods ★★— 1.25 miles — Interesting stone walls criss-cross this loop hike
  • Holt-Kinney Woods ★★— .7 miles — A nice short addition to Schoolhouse Brook Park with a mysterious double stone wall
  • Hubbard Sanctuary & Agnes’ Pasture ★★— 3 miles — A field for bobolinks, a former pasture, and miles of trails in this mixed park/preserve
  • Iron Mine Valley ★★— 1.3 miles — An area mined for bog iron during the Revolutionary War with a short loop hike
  • Josias Byles Sanctuary ★★— 1.6 miles — A loop hike with a view of the marsh along the Mt Hope River at the site of one of Ashford’s original homesteads
  • Knowlton Hill Preserve ★★★— 2.5 miles — A glacial drumlin, majestic trees, and loop hike options
  • Löf Woodlands ★★— .5 miles — Simple loop hike
  • Owen’s Mere ★★— .2 miles — A simple tiny loop around a man-made pond that is beautiful in the fall
  • Pappenheimer Preserve ★★— 1.5 miles — Former timber land with two short loops
  • Pigeon Swamp Preserve ★★— 2.6 miles — Mill ruins, a cellar hole, and views of Big Pond amidst varied habitats
  • Potter Meadow ★★— 1 mile — An occasionally wet loop with views of the Eightmile and Willimantic Rivers
  • Pond Lot — .25 miles — A shorty entryway to Echo Woods and Mansfield Hollow 
  • Preston Nature Sanctuary ★★— 1 mile — Through an agricultural field and down a hill to the Little River and back again
  • Proposal Rock ★★— 5 miles — The backside entrance to Coney Rock
  • Rankin Preserve ★★— 1.5 miles — One of Joshua’s Trust’s newest trails past linked ponds to a loop through rocky ledges and sloping forest
  • Scmidt Overlook — The trust’s newest property, no known information
  • Tinkerville Brook ★★— 1.2 miles — A hidden gem this loop hike passes the ruins of an old bridge along a brook named for the gypsies that camped along it
  • Tobiassen Memorial Forest ★★— 2 miles — One loop with rumored champion trees
  • Two Sisters Tract ★★— 1 mile — Right off Rt. 6, this short loop makes an interesting addition to the Air Line Trail
  • Utley Hill Preserve ★★— 2.75 miles — Mill ruins, marsh views, and peaceful trails
  • Whetten Woods ★★★— 2.5 miles — A quiet hiking trail right next to Storrs/UCONN
  • Wolf Rock Nature Preserve ★★★★— A great overlook with a large glacial erratic with options for loop hikes or the Nipmuck trail in either direction

Goodwin Reserve

★☆☆☆☆

41.763936, -72.236929

Dorothy Goodwin Reserve Joshua’s Trust 16 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 27 89.5, Storrs, CT Trail Map       Trails: Less than a mile … Read more…

Owen’s Mere

★☆☆☆☆

41.795372, -72.258364

Owen’s Mere Joshua’s Trust 9 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 220 S Eagleville Rd Storrs, CT Trail Map        Trails: Less than… Read more…

Dunham Woods

★★☆☆☆

41.794244, -72.259767

Dunham Woods Joshua’s Trust 17 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 255 S Eagleville Rd Storrs, CT Trail Map          Trails: Less… Read more…

Iron Mine Valley

★★☆☆☆

41.898831, -72.167540

Iron Mine Valley Preserve Joshua’s Trust 52 acres in Ashford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 31 Sand Hill Rd, Ashford, CT Trail Map      Trails: 1.3… Read more…

Fliegal Farm Woods

★☆☆☆☆

41.894127, -72.200063

Fliegal Farm Woods Joshua’s Trust 5 acres in Ashford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 98 E Howey Rd, Ashford, CT Trail Map     Trails:      Rating:… Read more…

Pappenheimer Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.659111, -72.088545

Pappenheimer Preserve Joshua’s Trust 102 acres in Scotland, CT Parking: Shoulder parking 584 Devotion Rd, Baltic, CT Trail Map         Trails: 1.5 miles     … Read more…

Hemphill Woods

★★☆☆☆

41.745795, -72.038286

George and Margaret Hemphill Woods Joshua’s Trust 44.75 acres in Hampton, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 40 Old Canterbury Rd, Hampton, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Couch Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.786071, -72.295763

Elizabeth Couch Preserve Joshua’s Trust 17.7 acres in Coventry, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 100 Cooper Lane, Coventry, CT Trail Map    Trails: Less than a mile … Read more…