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.

Alcorn Wildlife Preserve

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2410 Mountain Rd, West Suffield, CT, USA

Hugh M. and Howard W. Alcorn Wildlife Preserves Suffield Land Conservancy 25 acres in Suffield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 2410 Mountain Road, West Suffield, CT Trail…

Duck Marsh Preserve

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Holmes Rd, Pomfret Center, CT, USA

Duck Marsh Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 146 acres in Pomfret, CT Parking: Shoulder parking on Holmes Rd, Pomfret Center, CT Trail Map          Trails:…

Gellert/Valentine Preserve

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3 Ayers Rd, Pomfret Center, CT, USA

Gellert/Valentine Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 168 acres in Pomfret, CT Parking: Small lot near 3 Ayers Rd, Pomfret Center, CT Trail Map          Trails:…

Bald Mountain

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232 Scully Road, Somers, CT, USA

Bald Mountain Northern CT Land Trust and Somers Town Park 771 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Small lot near 225 Scully Rd, Somers, CT or near 159…

Long Pond Preserve

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42.020717, -71.819841

Long Pond Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 143 acres in Thompson, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 29 Ragina Ave, Webster, MA Trail Map       Trails: 1.2 miles …

Edward R. Laby Preserve

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41.872853, -71.801743

Edward R. Laby Memorial Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 81 acres in Killingly, CT Parking: Just north of Killingly Pond State Park on Pond Road Trail Map   …

Culver Pond

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42.021249, -72.392792

Culver Pond Nature Preserve Northern Connecticut Land Trust 118 acres in Stafford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 252 Gilbert Road, Stafford Springs, CT Trail Map     …

Strong Preserve

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62 Above All Rd, Warren, CT, USA

Strong Preserve Warren Land Trust 53 acres in Warren, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 62 Above All Rd, Warren, CT Trail Map           …

Hidden Valley Preserve

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198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot, CT, USA

Hidden Valley Preserve Steep Rock Association 727 acres in Washington, CT Parking: Large lots on either side of the bridge near 198 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot,…

Little River Greenway

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Little River Greenway, Little Pond Road, Woodstock, CT, USA

Little River Greenway Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 55 acres in Woodstock, CT Parking: Pull off for two cars near Little Pond Rd, Woodstock, CT Trail Map    …