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East Haddam Land Trust preserves and protects land in perpetuity for the public benefit.  Since 1979, your donations have helped East Haddam Land Trust, a volunteer, non-profit land conservation corporation, preserve unique woodlands, fields, lakes, rivers and open spaces for the public benefit. East Haddam Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Sheepskin Hollow Preserve​

The Sheepskin Hollow Preserve is south of Mt. Parnassus Road, and accessible via Sheepskin Hollow Road, Ridgebury Road, or Woodmont Circle.  The trail system meanders through the property.

 

Part of the preserve is open water and swamp, with active beaver colonies. The beaver dam is at the southern end of the pond, near where a man-made stone dam was once located. Local legend supports the idea that the pond was mucky, and an entire team of horses was lost in it. The shallow pond is surrounded by buttonbush, alder, tussock sedge, sweet pepperbush, and other emergent wetland vegetation. The pond/beaver dam is part of the headwaters for Roaring Brook, which eventually flows into the Connecticut River at Hadlyme. Roaring Brook is bordered by huge boulders and picturesque cascading waterfalls. 
                                         

Most of the preserve is hardwood forest with scattered wet areas and brooks.  In 2012, Land Trust volunteers completed the construction of a sturdy bridge across Roaring Brook. This bridge joins the west side of the property to the main body of the preserve, allowing access for nearby residents. 

 

This preserve is part of the Lyme Forest Block Important Bird Area. See Six EHLT Preserves in Newly-Designated Important Bird Area.

 

 

Download our Sheepskin Hollow Preserve trail map with trails, driving directions and more.

 

Asters beneath the Sheepskin Hollow bridge