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National Trails Day Hikes
Saturday, June 3, 2017

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America's magnificent trail system, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, this is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

More about Groton trails.

Saturday, June 3, 2017  9:30 AM
Cross-Town Trail
(6 miles)

Join us for a moderately paced journey from the Poquonnock River at Bluff Point State Park to Haley Farm State Park and Groton Parks, over the ridge to GOSA parks, Avalonia Land Conservancy Parks and down to the Mystic River. Parking at Bluff Point. Hikers will be bussed back to Bluff Point after the hike. Bring your own beverages/snacks and arrive a little early for a prompt hike departure. Rain cancels the hike.  Sorry, no dogs.


Contact Sidney F. Van Zandt, 860-572-5715, for questions or to register.

Haley Farm
Haley Farm

Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM to Noon
Historic Sheep Farm and Fort Hill Brook - Groton (2 miles)
sponsored by Groton Open Space Association - GOSA

This is a moderate (gently rising/temperate terrain with occasional obstacles) 2-mile hike,  through meadows, forests and mountain laurel glens to Fort Hill Brook.  A gristmill dam from the early 1700's and a 10-foot waterfall over one of the many ledges are some of the highlights.  Colonial era stone walls and roads as well as many natural features will also be noted. Meet at 245/255 Hazelnut Hill Rd. (just up from the Pequot Health Center entrance off of CT-117).  Rain cancels the hike.  Sorry, no dogs.

Pre-registration is requested.  Contact Sidney F. Van Zandt, 860-572-5715, for questions or to register.


Sheep Farm Falls
Fort Hill Brook Falls

Sunday, June 4, 2017  2:00 PM
Avery Farm Nature Preserve
sponsored by Groton Open Space Association - GOSA

The newly preserved Avery Farm Nature Preserve by the Groton Open Space Association hike will explore the Haley Brook and the first of two beaver deceivers, and continue into the woodlands over the stone bridge over Haley Brook that runs south and east into the Mystic River. We pass the fields being cut by the former owners, go by the vernal pool where NE Cotton Tail and Woodcock have been sighted. We continue to large areas of cleared invasive jungle and see the native plants installed for restoration. The hike continues to the dirt road of the Lambtown Road Extension that passes by the 38 acre bog/pond that is a valuable bird sanctuary at all seasons of the year. Bring your glasses.

Meet at the southern gate of Lambtown Road Extension, immediately north of the Ledyard/Groton border. Approach from Route 184 in Groton, heading north on Groton's Lambtown Road. Use of GPS will cause problems, because of the gated road.  Rain or shine, but heavy rain cancels. Sorry, no dogs.

Pre-registration is requested.  Contact Marie Olson at or 860-917-2625 for questions or to register.

Avery Farm Ledge
Avery Farm West Ledge

Avery Farm in spring
Avery Farm

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