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National Trails Day Hikes
Saturday, June 2, 2018

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 2, 2018  9:30 AM
Cross-Town Trail
(6 miles)  Map

sponsored by Groton Open Space Association - GOSA, Avalonia Land Conservancy, and Groton Parks and Recreation

Join us for a  moderately paced hike across Groton from Avalonia Land Conservancy's "Town's End" on Beebe Cove and the Mystic River, to Groton's Beebe Pond Park, continuing over the ridge on GOSA's Merritt Family Forest, through Groton's Mortimer Wright Preserve, across RT 215 to Haley Farm State Park, past Palmer and Mumford Coves, and across the railroad bridge to Bluff Point and the Poquonnock River.


Meet at the Bluff Point State Park parking lot. Please arrive a little early for a prompt departure.  A bus provided by the Groton Parks and Recreation  will take us to the start.  Participants are responsible for a beverage, snacks (no water available along the way.) Toilet facilities are available at Bluff Point and Haley Farm. Wear sturdy shoes and take tick precautions. Rain cancels.


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

Haley Farm
Haley Farm

Sunday, June 3, 2018  1:00 PM
Avery Farm Nature Preserve
sponsored by Groton Open Space Association - GOSA

The northern section of the marked blue trail will lead us along an old woods road, across Haley Brook, past a "beaver deceiver,"  past vernal pools, across a colonial stone slab bridge and through farm fields to a restored New England Cottontail habitat and a short stretch on Ledyard's Lambtown Road. We will return over a dirt road and earthen dam, passing a 38-acre marsh, a favorite of turtles, ducks and wading birds.

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.)


Pre-registration is requested. Contact Sidney F. Van Zandt,, 860-572-5715 Sorry, no dogs. Heavy rain cancels.

Avery Farm Ledge
Avery Farm West Ledge

Avery Farm in spring
Avery Farm

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