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.
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.
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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