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.

LeClair Preserve

★☆☆☆☆

41.951405, -71.808470

LeClair Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 74.5 acres in Thompson, CT Parking: Best accessed through Quaddick State Park Trail Map       Trails: No official trails    Rating:… Read more…

Lyon Preserve

Unexplored

41.850106, -71.932701

Lyon Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 46.4 acres in Pomfret, CT Parking: Small pull off at 28 Wrights Crossing Rd, Pomfret Center, CT Aerial Map      Trails: Less… Read more…

Tatson’s Woods

★☆☆☆☆

41.459458, -72.299938

Tatson’s Woods Preserve Salem Land Trust 8 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Next to the driveway near 1 Woodbridge Rd, Salem, CT  Trail Map        … Read more…

Dunn Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.862530, -71.921684

Dunn Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 32 acres in Killingly, CT Parking: Shoulder parking at the gate near 149 Lake Rd, Dayville, CT Aerial Map         … Read more…

Whispering Winds

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41.534302, -72.371120

Whispering Winds Colchester Land Trust 25 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: At the end of the cul-de-sac near 247 Usher Swamp Rd Colchester, CT Trail Map   … Read more…

Skyline Scenic Area

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42.028629, -72.429465

Skyline Scenic Area Northern Connecticut Land Trust 65 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 312 Stafford Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map        Trails:… Read more…

Whitaker Woods

★★★☆☆

41.981577, -72.427999

Whitaker Woods Northern Connecticut Land Trust 266 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Small lot near 55 Wells Rd Somers, CT Trail Map      Trails: 4.2 miles … Read more…

Kings Island

★★★☆☆

41.954496, -72.612596

Kings Island Eversource Land Trust 120 acres in Enfield and Suffield, CT Parking: Access by water only, nearest boat launch is Kings Island Boat Launch Boat launch… Read more…