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Leave the roads; take the trails.

Our Mission

The Old Lyme Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Old Lyme’s natural, scenic and historic land and water resources for the benefit of the public now and for generations to come. The Trust accomplishes its purpose by acquiring land through donation and purchase, managing the land and by providing education to the public.


Undeveloped land makes Old Lyme unique and beautiful, and it enriches the lives of Old Lyme’s residents. It is a priceless gift to pass on to future generations. Our lands are stewarded by a dedicated group of volunteers who maintain the trails, and a board of trustees that oversees the day to day operations of the trust. We welcome you to visit any of our 14 preserves and use them in accordance with the posted rules.

News & Events

Hike 'Em All!

There are over 800 acres to explore on our 14 preserves. Challenge yourself to experience them all in 2024 and use this simple Preserve Tracker to make note of when you visit each preserve and what you noticed. Want to send us more feedback? Fill out our Hike 'Em All Report.


Some of the preserves are larger and can take over an hour to hike while others are smaller and offer a great way to indulge in a quick nature break in the midst of a busy day. Keep in mind some trails are more challenging than others and may not be suitable for all hikers. Read preserve descriptions, access trail maps and Choose your next hike HERE

Please consider joining OLLT as a member and supporting trail upkeep with your donation.  Volunteers are also needed to perform trail work.  Thank you!  Learn how to join & volunteer here.


Lay Allem Preserve, Bench at Bayberry Ridge Trail

News & Events

Check out these


May 27th - Starting at 11:00

Old Lyme Memorial Day Parade

Why sit on the sidelines and watch the parade pass by when you can march in the Memorial Day Parade with the Old Lyme Land Trust.  This is a great family event.   Contact us for more information.

June 1st - 9:15 to 11:30

CT Trails Day Hike  at Heller Preserve from

Celebrate CT Trails Day with a guided hike through the Heller Preserve and see the Indian native stonework.  This is a moderate hike <2 miles.  Just let us know or Register at




June 5th - 4:15 pm


Hiker's Happy Hour  Ames Family Open Space

We will meet at Ames Family Open Space

(off Evergreen Trail). This short, flat hike

will visit a cave of the Nehantic tribe. 

Afterwards, please join us at the Old Lyme

Inn for discounted drinks and appetizers.

This is a co-sponsored event with Old Lyme

Open Space Commission, Old Lyme Land

Trust and the Old Lyme Inn.



June 16st - 9:00 to 11:30

Nature Nerds Hike at Upper Three Mile River Preserve

sponsored by CT Forest & Park Association

This 2.7 mile loop hike will go through a long stretch of mountain laurel that hopefully we will catch in bloom. Other highlights include impressive boulders, an old farm with an extensive network of stone walls, a scenic ravine with several stream crossings, a high plateau and a marsh.  This is a moderate hike with some rugged sections and approx. 450’ of ascent.

Led by Renee Smith a nature enthusiast who hopes to spread the love!

Register Here

Please apply for the Ed Sopneski
YEA! Grants
Youth Environmental Action
 Do your have an idea for a project to help nature? Old Lyme Land Trust would like to assist with up to $600!
For more information and application
Click Here


Receive emails throughout the year.  ExploreOLLT preserves, get upcoming dates for organized hikes like the Wednesday afternoon Hikers Happy Hours and new 2024 Saturday morning hikes.


OLLT could not accomplish all that we do without our terrific volunteers! Become a member and join our team to help on our committees, work parties, stewards....


Please consider ways you can support our important work. Donations of land, time or cash are what keep our preserves alive!

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