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Preserves & Trails

“An early morning walk

is a blessing for the whole day.” 

                                         Henry David Thoreau

Property Overview

The Old Lyme Land Trust owns over 100 properties covering over 1,100 acres of land in Old Lyme. For reference, Old Lyme as a whole consists of about 16,000 acres of land, 4,000 of which are considered wetlands, which includes lakes, ponds, streams, marshes and bogs. Experience views of our preserves, seen from above.

The following are the OLLT parcels accessible to the public with parking and trails. The preserves are open from dawn until dusk for passive recreation—hiking, birdwatching, photography, and the like.  Click on each property name for a trail map and more information. Maps can also be accessed via smart devices from most locations on the trails. Click on each property map & info button for more information. Tell us about your visit to one of our trails on the Property Report Form. We also have Old Lyme Open Spaces five trails below.

Belton Copp Preserve

4 Acres – 14 Smith Neck Rd. The entrance is marked by a large cedar tree and small granite bench.

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Goberis Chadwick Preserve

26 Acres – 372 Shore Rd. (Rte. 156)

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Bob & Esther Heller Preserve

15.8 Acres – 80 Town Woods Road

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Hoffman-Matthiessen-DeGerenday Preserve

40 Acres – 95 Sill Lane

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Lay-Allen Preserve

185 Acres – 33-1 Lords Meadow Lane

John Lohmann CT River Preserve

42 Acres – 33 Coult Lane

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Upper Three Mile River Preserve

157 Acres – 106 Four Mile River Road

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Old Lyme Open Space Commission Ames Family Open Space

195 Acres – off Boggy Hole Road

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Old Lyme Open Space Commission Champlain South Open Space

204 Acres – Meeting House Lane or Library Lane

Old Lyme Open Space Commission McCulloch Family
Open Space

312 Acres – Whipoorwill Road

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Boggy Hole Preserve

44 Acres – 17 Boggy Hole Road, between Boston Post Rd and Laurel Lane for direct access

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George & Woodward H. Griswold Preserve

51 Acres – 30 Boston Post Road, across from Stoneleigh Knoll

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Hatchetts Hill Preserve

44 Acres – 29-1 Hatchetts Hill Road

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Jericho Preserve

50 Acres – 44 Whippoorwill Road

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Lohmann Buck Twining Preserve

46 Acres – 7 Riverview Drive. Look for mailbox #79; turn onto private road. Trail head is over rise, on right.

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Mile Creek Preserve

44 Acres – 191 Mile Creek Road

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Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

25 Acres – 45 Shore Road

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Old Lyme Open Space Commission Bartholomew Open Space

105 Acres – Buttonball Road

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Old Lyme Open Space Commission Champlain North Open Space

65 Acres – Wyckford Lane

Open Space Trails

OLLT Property Map

OLLT preserves are marked on this Google map with a hiker symbol. Click on each symbol to find directions to the property. The right arrow in the red band will take you to a live map.


in Old Lyme

The Town of Old Lyme, Open Space Commission offers an additional 900+ acres of preserves. Many of them abut to OLLT preserves and both organizations share the same trail blaze system. Attached is a Trail Map Overview of all the Hiking Trails in Old Lyme.

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Trail Rules

Giving the OLLT properties the care and respect they deserve requires the full participation of all who visit and enjoy them. By following these simple rules you will help us to preserve these lands for generations to come:

  • No Littering — Always carry out what you carry in; please bring a bag for your garbage.

  • No Hunting.

  • No Motorized Vehicles — Do not use All Terrain Vehicles on the preserves. They damage the trails and pose risks for hikers.

  • Watch Your Pet — Keep dogs under your control at all times. Please clean up after them to keep the trails pleasant for people who follow.

  • Don't Wander — Stay on the trails and do not trespass on adjacent properties.

  • Respect Property — Do not camp, start fires, mark trees or collect plants or minerals.

OLLT preserves are open from dawn to dusk. You are welcome to visit any of our properties during daylight hours.

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