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Our Trails

Candlewood Mountain, New Milford
13 Sherman Road, New Milford, CT 06776 Preserve Acres: 16.3

The trail connects two of the Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy’s preserves on Candlewood Mountain. Hikers will have to use their hands on this trek, most notably at the giant pile of boulders known as the “corkscrew,” where the trail spirals up through a mammoth heap of fallen bedrock.

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Cobble Mountain, Kent
159 Macedonia Brook Rd, Kent, CT 06757 Preserve Acres: 20

NCLC has worked since 1982 to protect areas around Macedonia State Park. The trail has both the steepest climb (630 vertical feet) and the most dramatic vistas of any Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy preserve.

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Cobble Brook Vista, Kent
26 Studio Hill Circle, Kent, CT 06757 Preserve Acres: 158

The trail offers instant gratification as you walk through the meadow and hikers can continue through the meadow and climb the steep, wild flanks that rise above Cobble Brook.

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Hauser Nature Preserve, Litchfield
100 Fern Avenue, Litchfield, CT 06759 Preserve Acres: 90

Higher than Litchfield’s village center, the Hauser Preserve looks out to the high points of the Litchfield Hills, including Cornwall’s Mohawk Mountain.

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Kahlo Preserve, Brookfield
10 Hop Brook Road, Brookfield, CT 3.97 acres

Kahlo Preserve is a small forested property nestled along Hop Brook with a short out-and-back trail that  offers a quick escape, and a shady, streamside walk.

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Herrick Preserve, Sherman
West Evans Hill Road 185 acres

The Herrick Preserve’s mixed hardwood forest offers easy hiking and gentle slopes.  It is a 1.25 mile hike to the Housatonic Overlook that gives hikers a beautiful view to the northeast and up the river valley.

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Irene's Woods, Sherman
Hubbel Mountain Road, Sherman 59 acres

A moderate walk that will take you past rock outcrops, vernal pools, and a scenic overlook.

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Henry Pond Brook Preserve, Newtown
22 Sawmill Road, Newtown, CT 06470 Preserve Acres: 28

A pleasant, easy walk on a well-worn trail.

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Kahn Preserve, New Milford
58 Cherniske Road, New Milford, CT 06776 Preserve Acres: Weantinoge Kahn Preserve, 117 Acres; Town Nostrand Preserve, 150 Acres

The Kahn Preserve’s John McNeely trail is named in honor of Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy’s first professional land steward. An expert naturalist, bird rehabilitator, and filmmaker, he worked for NCLC for almost thirty years.

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Alice McCallister Memorial Sanctuary, Kent
74 Camps Flat Road, South Kent, CT 06785 Preserve Acres: 64

As early as the 1970s, our founder and first president, Alice McCallister, identified Mud Pond as a protection priority.

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James Morrissey Family Nature Preserve, Gaylordsville
130 Gaylord Road, New Milford, CT Preserve Acres: 55

This preserve contains varied landscapes and species as well as a trail that quickly puts the hustle and bustle of the Route 7 corridor out of sight and sound.

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Mount Tom Preserve, New Milford
43 Mt. Tom Road, New Milford, CT 06776 Preserve Acres: 50

An easy 1.3 mile looped trail from Mount Tom Road. The hike can be extended by taking the trail to the Pratt Nature Center.

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Birch Rocks and Pratt Glen, Brookfield
40A Obtuse Road North, Brookfield, CT 06804 Preserve Acres: 175

The Birch Rocks and Pratt Glen Preserve is over 175 acres of permanently protected hardwood forest, streams, wetlands, and 2.5 miles of public trails that wind along the shore of Lake Lillinonah.

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Mallory Schneckenburger Preserve, Sherman
Park at the Sherman Town Center 120 acres

A long boardwalk takes hikes through a wetland to a rolling loop trail along the Sawmill Brook.

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Tory’s Cave and The Eleanor and Howard Hunt Nature Preserve, New Milford
499 Kent Road, New Milford, CT 06776 Preserve Acres: 115

Tory’s Cave is closed to the public. The preserve still offers 0.4 miles of trails and a central access point to the 6 mile Housatonic Range Trail which is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System.

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Wildwoods Nature Preserve, Sharon
24 Caray Hill Road, Sharon, CT 06069 Preserve Acres: 163

It captures our best stand of northern hardwoods and has a plentiful food supply for wildlife. Quiet exploration will reveal its treasures.

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Towner Hill Preserve, Sherman
81 acres

The Towner Hill Preserve features impressive glacial erratics. These massive boulders were left behind at the end of the last ice age.

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Wimisink Preserve, Sherman
Parking lot at intersection of Route 55 and Route 39 51 acres

The Wimisink Preserve’s boardwalks and observation platform offer excellent wildlife viewing.

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