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.

Steep Rock Preserve

★★★★☆

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

★★★★☆

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

★★☆☆☆

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

★☆☆☆☆

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

★★★☆☆

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

★★★☆☆

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…

Duncan Preserve

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14 Porges Rd, East Haddam, CT, USA

Duncan Preserve East Haddam Land Trust 19 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 14 Porges Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map        … Read more…

Bulkeley Hill Preserve

★★☆☆☆

247 Bulkeley Hill Rd Colchester, CT

Bulkeley Hill Preserve Colchester Land Trust 130 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Small lot near 247 Bulkeley Hill Rd Colchester, CT Trail Map         … Read more…

Sweetheart Mountain

★★☆☆☆

80 Dunne Ave, Canton, CT, USA

Sweetheart Mountain Canton Land Trust 20 acres in Canton, CT Parking: Medium lot behind apartments near 80 Dunne Ave Canton, CT Trail Map         … Read more…

Westwoods

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1 Sam Hill Rd, Guilford, CT, USA

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…