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Get Outside This Weekend: Four Winter Hikes to Try

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!  The following preserve parking lots have been cleared so that you can get outside this weekend and enjoy the winter wonderland.

Hauser Preserve – 100 Fern Ave, Litchfield, 06759: Open field for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  Trails are not groomed.  Trail for snowshoeing.

Birch Rocks Pratt Glen –   40A Obtuse Road North, Brookfield, 06804: Woodland snowshoeing to Lake Lillinonah.

Mallory Preserve — 9 CT-39, Sherman, CT 06784.  Woodland snowshoeing along the trails.

Smyrski Farm* – 237 Merryall Road, New Milford, 06776, Park on the North side of the red barn.  Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  Trails are not groomed.

*Smyrski Farm is a working farm and only open for public recreation under special conditions.  Don’t miss this change to explore this beautiful farm!

As always, practice safe hiking by dressing warmly, packing water and a snack, and telling someone where you’re going.

Please send us photos of your trip at or tag us on social media @nwctconservancy!

Thank you to Nick Pouder of Mayapple Hill Farm for clearing a parking at Smyrski, Rick Plumb for plowing Hauser, and Brookfield Parks and Recreation for plowing at Birch Rocks Pratt Glen!