Rose Hill Wildlife Management Area
692 acres in Ledyard, CT
- Hiking Trail Parking: Shoulder parking near 77-5 Thomas Rd, Ledyard, CT
- Other Parking: Small lot near 79 Rose Hill Rd Ledyard, CT
Area Map Trails: 2 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Rose Hill is one of Connecticut’s 97 ‘Wildlife Management Areas‘ and is trailed almost entirely by the blue blaze Pequot Trail which I thru hiked in January 2021. I saw at least one unblazed trail and there are fields to explore off Rose Hill Rd. Hunting is allowed so wear bright colors in season.
The 2 mile section of the Pequot Trail skirts the edge of the property climbing to the Rose Hill ridge. There is a handsome stone wall built along the edge of the ridge which provides one view of a field down over Thomas Rd and if you peer through the trees seasonal views southwest.
Sections of the trail were pretty wet but were easy enough to keep your feet dry and didn’t deter any of the other groups I saw out hiking the trail.
At the north end of the trail is ruins of what once was a stable/animal pen. The roof has long since collapsed and it is surrounded by prickers, but inside is a rusted shut gate.
Pequot Previous Section: 0.3 mile trail in Lincoln/Milton Green Park
Next Section: 0.75 road walk on Thomas Rd ↔ Mathewson Mill Rd ↔ Fanning Rd
Rose Hill as a name for the area dates back to at least the late 1800s. I haven’t found a date for when the state acquired the property.