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: Land Trust Directory as of 9.28.17

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.

Aspetuck Land Trust
Avalonia land Conservancy, Inc.
Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association/Wolf Den Land Trust
Eversource Land Trust
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Inc.
Great Meadows Conservation Trust
Heritage Land Preservation Trust
Joshua’s Trust
Kongscut Land Trust, Inc.
Middlesex Land Trust
Northern Connecticut Land Trust
Roxbury Land Trust
Waterford Land Trust, Inc.
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
Wintonbury Land Trust
Wyndham Land Trust

Westwoods

★★★★☆

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Westwoods Guilford Land Trust 1,200 acres in Guilford, CT Parking: Small lot near 1 Sam Hill Rd, Guilford, CT Small lot near 582 Dunk Rock Rd, Guilford,… Read more…

Rocky Hill Refuge

Unexplored

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Rocky Hill Refuge Wyndham Land Trust 57 acres in Woodstock, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 321 Rocky Hill Rd Woodstock, CT Trail Map        Trails:… Read more…

Robbins Preserve

Unexplored

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Robbins/O’Leary/Blain Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 158 acres in Thompson, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 2 Fred Davis Rd, Thompson, CT Trail Map       Trails: 2.2 miles … Read more…

Tefftweald at Birchenturn

Unexplored

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Tefftweald at Birchenturn Avalonia Land Conservancy 76.8 acres in North Stonington, CT Parking: Down the lane near 281 Grindstone Hill Rd, North Stonington, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Merritt Family Forest

Unexplored

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Merritt Family Forest Groton Open Space Association 75 acres in Groton, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 74 Fishtown Rd, Mystic, CT Trail Map     Trails: Unknown      Rating:… Read more…

Avery Preserve

★★☆☆☆

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Avery Preserve Avalonia Land Conservancy 101.4 acres in Ledyard, CT Parking: Small lot near 55-35 Avery Hill Rd, Ledyard, CT Trail Map.        Trails: 1.5 miles   … Read more…

Barrett Preserve

Unexplored

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Barrett Preserve Avalonia Land Conservancy 71.7 acres in Ledyard, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 906 Long Cove Rd Gales Ferry, CT Trail Map       Trails: Less than a… Read more…

Preston Nature Preserve

Unexplored

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Preston Nature Preserve Avalonia Land Conservancy 55.7 acres in Preston, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 29 Krug Rd, Preston, CT Trail Map.        Trails: 0.5 miles   … Read more…