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National Trails Day Hike

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.

Sunday, June 2, 2019  1pm
Cross-Town Trail (6 miles)  Map

Sheep Farm Falls
Sheep Farm Field

This year the X-town trail is a little different. The hike starts at GOSA's Sheep Farm on Hazelnut Hill Rd. about 1/4 mile north of Pequot Health Center.  The route proceeds to Fort Hill Brook below the waterfall and then across on the new bridge through Sheep Farm South, a property GOSA hopes to purchase. After crossing US Route 1 at Flanders Rd, the hike continues into the Merritt Family Forest where we pick up the orignal x-town route, continuing to Beebe Pond Park, and "Trail's End" on the Mystic River.  A bus will bring hikers back to the start.

Pre-registration is requested. Contact Sidney F. Van Zandt, svanzandt3@aol.com, 860-572-5715 Sorry, no dogs. Heavy rain cancels.

The hike is sponsored by Groton Open Space Association - GOSA, Avalonia Land Conservancy, and Groton Parks and Recreation.