Land Trusts

Land trusts are abundant in our state preserving properties of all sizes from development.  There are over 137 organizations that serve to protect natural resources by secure hiking and recreation, ecological buffer zones, and open spaces.

Land trusts are mostly non-profit and community based, seeking to preserve the forests, river corridors, farmland, watersheds, parklands, marshes, scenic vistas, and hiking trails in a given town or region.  Land Trust are also largely volunteer operated and are a great way to get involved in your area.

A complete directory courtesy of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council can be found here:

Currently only the largest and regional land trusts are listed here.  As this site continues to develop I hope this page will provide a more polished and complete representation of Connecticut’s land trusts.

Bull Hill

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198-162 Bull Hill Rd, Woodstock, CT 06281, USA

Bull Hill Project Wyndham Land Trust Property 994 acres in Woodstock and Thompson, CT Parking: Small lot uphill from 174 Bull Hill Rd Woodstock, CT Trail Map   … Read more…

Otsby Memorial Forest

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100 East Old Route 6, Hampton, CT, USA

Otsby Memorial Forest Wolf Den Land Trust Property 83.5 acres in Hampton, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 100 East Old Route 6, Hampton, CT Trail Map    … Read more…

Madeline Regan Preserve

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1154 Tolland Stage Rd, Tolland, CT

Madeline Reagan Preserve Joshua’s Trust 29 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Small lot near 1154 Tolland Stage Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map          Trails: 1… Read more…

Boothroyd Preserve

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48 Tolland Turnpike, Tolland, CT

Ernie Boothroyd Nature Preserve & Bellante Preserve Northern Connecticut Land Trust 94 acres in Ellington, CT Parking: East Side: Shoulder parking near 50 Tolland Turnpike, Tolland, CT… Read more…

Steep Rock Preserve

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2 Tunnel Rd, Washington Depot, CT, USA

Steep Rock Preserve Steep Rock Association 998 acres in Washington, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 2 Tunnel Rd, Washington Depot, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Macricostas Preserve

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124 Christian St, New Preston, CT 06777, USA

Macricostas Preserve Steep Rock Association 560 acres in Washington, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 124 Christian St, New Preston, CT Trail Map         Trails:… Read more…

Hollister Preserve

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460 Tall Timbers Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, USA

Hollister Preserve Glastonbury Town Park & Kongscut Land Trust 74 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Shoulder parking for 1-2 cars near 460 Tall Timbers Rd, Glastonbury, CT Shoulder parking… Read more…

Schmid Overlook

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41.738309, -72.263433

Schmid Overlook Joshua’s Trust 20 acres in Coventry, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 88 Flanders Road, Coventry, CT Trail Map         Trails: 0.6 miles   … Read more…

Kongscut Mountain

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887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT

Kongscut Mountain / Phillips Cave Loop Connecticut State Forest 1,100 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Small pull of near 887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT Trail Map … Read more…

Hoffman Preserve

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41.422972, -71.932000

Hoffman Evergreen Preserve Avalonia Land Trust 199 acres in Stonington, CT Parking: Small lot near 532-632 CT-201, Stonington, CT Trail Map         Trails: 3 miles … Read more…