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.

Duncan Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.459767, -72.458677

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…

Sweetheart Mountain

★★☆☆☆

41.810557, -72.929498

Sweetheart Mountain Canton Land Trust 20 acres in Canton, CT Parking: Medium lot behind apartments near 80 Dunne Ave Canton, CT Trail Map      Trails: 1.55… Read more…

Westwoods

★★★★☆

41.285826, -72.705311

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

41.933477, -72.032128

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

41.995173, -71.810221

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

41.470793, -71.846749

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

41.351221, -71.999111

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…