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.

Rankin Preserve

★★☆☆☆

109 Westford Rd, Ashford, CT 06278

Rankin Preserve Joshua’s Trust Land Trust 81 acres in Ashford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 69 Westford Rd Ashford, CT Trail Map           Trails: 1.3…

Walden Preserve

★★★☆☆

41.480951, -72.275345

Walden Preserve The Nature Conservancy managed by The Salem Land Trust 426.98 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 191 Hagen Rd, Salem, CT Trail…

Coney Rock

★★★☆☆

41.794751, -72.202390

Coney Rock Preserve Joshua’s Trust Property and Town of Mansfield Park Location: 134 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 501 Chaffeeville Rd Storrs, CT Shoulder… Read more…

Lof Woodlands

★★☆☆☆

41.834338, -72.268469

Löf Woodlands Joshua’s Trust Property 18 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 90-298 Willington Hill Rd, Storrs, CT Trail Map This simple half-mile loop trail… Read more…

Risley Park

★★★☆☆

41.801953, -72.470323

John S. Risley Park Manchester Land Conservation Trust and CFPA Blue Blaze Trail 180 acres in Vernon, Bolton, Manchester, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 366 Lake…

Ragged Mountain

★★★★★

437 West Ln, Berlin, CT 06037, USA

Ragged Mountain Preserve Berlin Town Park 589 acres in Berlin, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 437 West Ln, Berlin, CT Trail Map         Trails: 8.7…

Bluff Head

★★★☆☆

Bluff Head Guilford Land Conservation Trust 700 acres in Guilford, CT Parking: Small lot near 4391 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT Trail Map            …

Garrison Park

★★☆☆☆

495 Phoenixville Rd, Chaplin, CT, USA

Edward Garrison Park / Hubbard Sanctuary / Agnes’ Pasture Chaplin Town Park and Joshua’s Trust Property About 40 acres in Chaplin, CT Parking: Large lot behind Chaplin…

Sugar Brook

★★☆☆☆

41.716444, -71.941710

Sugar Brook / Quinebaug River Wildlife Management Area / Tillinghast Preserve Sugar Brook Field Trial and Wildlife Management Area and Wyndham Land Trust Estimated 400 acres in…