The 11-acre Ballahack Preserve's trail is best accessed at the dead-end of the Ballahack Road Extension (Ballahack Rd. #3). There is evidence of an old woods road that serves as a portion of the trail as it meanders through the preserve, eventually accessing Lakeside Drive. The preserve has a varied terrain of wetlands and upland hardwood habitats. The trail has some steep inclines as well as gentle grades and level ground. A healthy understory of mountain laurel flowers in mid-June. In winter, there are lovely views of Bashan Lake.
This preserve is part of the Lyme Forest Block Important Bird Area.
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.