The rustling of autumn leaves,
the gurgling of a flowing stream,
the hoots of owls or calls of chickadees,
the hum of wood frogs in the spring,
or the gleeful call of a child who spots a cool rock, tree lichen, or a tiny flower ... these are the sounds that soothe souls.
These are the sounds your membership dollars help protect.
Join or renew your 2024 membership today.
Join one of our hikes, paddles, or special projects, or help our Stewardship team on one of our preserves.
Counting steps as part of your exercise routine?
Preserve-like terrain averages about 2080 steps per mile.
The length of each trail is listed on the printed maps for each preserve available at the trailheads and downloadable from the interactive trail map and from each preserve webpage.
Hunting is not permitted on East Haddam Land Trust preserves, but we always advise hikers to wear orange during hunting season. Properties adjacent to Land Trust preserves may permit hunting.
Orange means safety and is not a common shade in woodland settings so the contrast between orange and the browns/greys/greens of the woods makes one easy to see by other humans.
Be safe and wear orange during fall and winter hikes in the woods.
Sunday, November 26, 1-3 pm
Walk off some Turkey-day calories and learn about the tree and shrub collection at Connecticut College Arboretum in New London. Many of their trees and shrubs are native to our ecoregion; seeing them there at maturity allows you to decide whether any would work in your landscape. This Woods Walk is open to the public. Park and meet at 800 Williams Street, New London.
Bells of East Haddam - Finders Keepers
Starts Labor Day Weekend
Bells of East Haddam (ceramic bells, dated and stamped with a swing bridge image) will again be hidden at selected East Haddam Land Trust preserves.
Find one and it's yours.
For the second year, the Land Trust is collaborating with Shop Local - Everyone Profits, LLC, a local, privately owned, and funded company that funds the 100 tennis-ball-sized ceramic bells made by Heather Abel at Purring Potters in Colchester.
Bells are hidden along or within an arm's reach of trails at the following East Haddam Land Trust Preserves: Ballahack, Golet Farm, Hidden Valley Farm, Snell-Talbot, Bloch, Miller Farm, Sheepskin Hollow, Olde Field, and PeGus's Path, and now at Monica's Woods and Saunders. Watch this page, our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates.
Woods Walk Sunday, December 10, 1-3 pm
Meet us at 81 Mill Road, East Haddam for our late fall hike through Hatch Lot Reserve, Town of East Haddam open space that is managed by the East Haddam Conservation Commission. The approximate 3+ miles of trails cover moderate to steep slopes through mixed hardwood forest, across woodland streams, and offering views extending to the Connecticut River and, on clear days, Long Island Sound. Counting steps? Preserve-like terrain averages about 2,080 steps per mile or at least 6,240 steps during this 3-mile hike.
Hikers are invited to bring post-hike tailgate treats to share along with EHLT-provided refreshments.
Use the contact link at the bottom of this page to report trail issues.
The East Haddam Interactive Trail Map provides trail, parking, and general information for trails maintained by East Haddam Land Trust, the Town of East Haddam, and The Nature Conservancy.
Find printed preserve trail maps at East Haddam's Municipal Office Complex.
We also have preserves and easements without trails where access is not practical or landowners maintain the use of the property.
Please note, hunting is not permitted on EHLT preserves, but please wear orange during hunting season as a safety precaution.
We currently protect more than 700 acres of land in preserves and through property easements. Many of our preserves have marked hiking trails open to the public.
Enjoy hiking at East Haddam Land Trust preserves with trails. Use our Interactive Trail Map on your mobile and desktop devices for information on East Haddam Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Town of East Haddam trails. Leashed dogs may accompany hikers on East Haddam Land Trust trails. Find downloadable trail maps on each preserve page:
East Haddam Land Trust preserves with historic sites but no formal trails:
Town of East Haddam and Nature Conservancy open-space with trails :
Scroll through photos of our preserves, hikes, paddles, and other activities.
East Haddam Land Trust
P.O. Box 122
East Haddam, CT 06423
We welcome curiosity and will reply to your questions as promptly as possible.