Please join the Middlesex Land Trust on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th for one of three guided hikes at the Land Trusts Palmer Taylor Preserve in Portland, Brainerd Quarry Preserve in Haddam Neck, or at the Mica Ledges Preserve in Durham. These are three of our largest and loveliest preserves and represent the Land Trust’s Primary Preserves on both east and west sides of the Connecticut River.
On the east side of the Connecticut River, please join the Land Trust and Everyone Outside on Saturday afternoon, June 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 for a guided hike at a family-friendly pace at the beautiful wooded Palmer Taylor Preserve in Portland. This 90-acre preserve features the historic Erinmore Barn, wooded uplands, large hay fields, two ponds and Taylor Brook on the property. On the trails there are large rocks to climb and scenic spots overlooking the Connecticut River. Meet at the Barn at 258 Middle Haddam Road in Portland. You can find directions to the Preserve here: Directions to Erinmore Barn and print a map of the Palmer Taylor Preserve here: Palmer Taylor Map
Also on the east side of the river in Haddam Neck, a guided hike at the Brainerd Quarry Preserve will be held on Saturday June 3rd from 10:00am to about 12:30. This historic preserve offers views across the CT River to Haddam Meadows State Park from paths that run along dramatic cliffs created from the property’s historic use as a quarry. Founded in 1762 by Decon Ezra Brainerd, the quarry operated for more than 150 years shipping stone down river to New York and the eastern seaboard. The walk on this preserve will highlight points interest in local history, geology, mining, and early American industry in CT. Wear sturdy shoes suitable for rocky terrain, and bring along your own drink and snack for the walk. Total distance about 3 miles.
Rain cancels but call hike leader, John LeShane, at (860) 342-0658 if weather is questionable. Or email to: email@example.com
Women Only Hike: For the west side of the Connecticut River there will be a Land Trust sponsored Women of the Woods (women only please) afternoon hike guided by Everyone Outside over the beautiful Mica Ledges and Mt. Pisgah in Durham. In addition to walking, we will take the time to admire the beauty around us, learn a bit about the flora or fauna, do some exercises to connect with the natural world (mostly sitting quietly) and enjoy each other’s company. There will be some steep sections of trail, but we will take our time. We’ll have lunch at one of the viewpoints. The Mica Ledges Preserve has marvelous views from the mica-studded ledges, great jumbles of large boulders (e.g. Pyramid Rock) and a lovely pond. It is owned jointly by the Middlesex Land Trust and the Madison Land Conservation Trust. Women of the Woods or WoW is a program of Everyone Outside. Total Distance (miles): 4 You can find directions to the Preserve here: Directions to Cream Pot Rd Parking Area and print a map of the Palmer Taylor Preserve here: Mica Ledges Map
Contact leader for rain plan.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED