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Poquetanuck Cove – Ledyard

  • Poquetanuck Cove Preserve
  • Avery Hill Road, Ledyard, CT
  • Trailhead: 41°28’30.42″N, 72° 2’37.51″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 6, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some significant elevation.

 

This white blazed lollipop loop trail sits on a rather unique piece of property owned by the Nature Conservancy. The property stretches from Avery Hill Road to the shores of the Thames River at Poquetanck Cove. Native Americans once camped and harvested oysters on this property. Though dry at the time of this hike, there is a stream that runs downhill to the cove. There is also an abundance of stone walls on the property that the white blazed trail weaves through. The trail becomes rather narrow above and along the shore line. There are several types of trees here including beech and hemlocks as well as mountain laurel shrubs. At the time of this hike there was evidence of a forest fire. It seems that maybe it was a year or two ago. In this area the forest floor is still just about bare.

 

Trail maps can be found at: Poquetanuck Cove Preserve

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Poquetanuck Cove

Avery Preserve – Ledyard

 

Every now and again I will venture out on a guided hike. Today, I went on a hike led by members of the Avalonia Land Conservancy. This group protects several properties in southeastern Connecticut including the beautiful Avery Preserve. We followed the orange blazed trail, first stopping by the Sheep Wash Pen, to the Mill Pond Dam at the Billings Avery Brook. We then headed first northerly, then easterly following the white blazed trail. Next we followed the yellow blazed trail back to the orange trail then retraced our steps back to the parking area. Along the way we came upon several toads and the singing of white breasted nuthatches as well as woodpeckers. The forest, abundant with beech trees, also offered birch and tulip trees. The fern covered forest offered glimpses of turkey tail mushrooms, Indian cucumbers, and rattlesnake orchids. There are several more trails here that can increase the mileage of your hike if you so choose to. The orange trail continues to the westerly end of the property before looping back following the northern most perimeter. There is also a piece of the property across the street (at the parking area) that has an unmarked trail the leads to a rhododendron grove.

Thank you Bruce and Amanda for the very informative guided hike.

 

Trail maps can be found at: Avery Preserve

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Fern Covered Forest

Woods Trail – Ledyard/North Stonington

  • Woods Trail
  • Lantern Hill Road, Ledyard, CT
  • Trailhead: 41°28’0.47″N,  71°57’3.96″W
  • Last Time Hiked: December 29, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.3 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.
 
 

Finding myself in eastern Connecticut this morning with more than enough time to kill I went seeking a relatively easy trail to walk. Actually a hike. Yes folks, the first hike since the injury. It was a short and for the most part level lollipop loop trail on the Foxwoods property. The trail is blazed very well with green markers and the beginning shares the trail with the Lantern Hill hike which I plan on doing in the future. The trailhead is well marked with signage behind the Two Trees Inn at Foxwoods. I came across some wildlife and saw several deer track. The frozen Lantern Hill Pond is near the end of the loop. Besides the lake I came across a cellar hole and a stream which was also partially frozen.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Old Stone Wall

Old Stone Wall