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Trails and Parks in Woodstock, CT

Wyndham Land Trust boardwalk. Photo by Bet Zimmerman.Woodstock offers several lovely hiking and walking opportunities. Of course conditions vary, and some trails are more rugged and isolated than others. Not all are well marked. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Bring along water, snacks, and rain gear in a day pack. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear a good pair of walking/hiking shoes.

Protect yourself from deer ticks. Use caution during hunting season in spring and fall. If you do get really lost, hug a tree and wait to be found. See the SAFE Guide for Walking and Running for more safety tips.

If pets are allowed, they must generally be leashed. Stay on established trails whenever possible, as short-cuts and switchbacks are extremely damaging to vegetation and promote erosion. Please take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints.

See details on: The Beeches, Border Woods Preserve, Muddy Pond, Kenyan Wood Preserve, Black Pond Boat Launch, Camp Nahaco, Woodstock Elementary School, Fifty-Acre Wood, Nipmuck State Forest, Palmer Arboretum, Roseland Park, Scenic Roads, Recreation Park at Senexet Village, and Wyndham Land Trust boardwalk. For a printable map, click on the PDF version link (free Adobe Reader required to view.)

Also see Lakes and Ponds in Woodstock CT

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The Beeches - See Recreation Park Senexet Village

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The Beeches trail

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Also see Little River Water Trail Map

  • Ownership: Town of Woodstock owns the conservation easement
  • Contact:
  • More Info: N/A.
  • Directions: Senexet Road (South section, opposite Senexet Landscaping on Rte. 171) to Senexet Village Road. Entrance to trail is near the basketball court, along the W side of the soccer field.
  • Size: Loop (past Imagination Station) is about 0.87 miles, flat or gently sloping except for two parts about 40 yards long with about a 10% grade.
  • Ambience: Wraps around a residential development. Shady walk with pretty views of Little River waterway. Wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side in most parts.
  • Fees: None
  • Hours: No info available.
  • Activities and Facilities: Basketball court and soccer field, playscape. Suitable for walking, running, cross-county skiing.
  • Handicapped Access: No info available.
  • Trail Maps: None, no signage.
  • Miscellaneous: Car top boat ramp to Little River access with short portage from Senexet Village Road. Caution: Take out, or paddle upstream only. Unmarked dam downstream. See Little River Water Trail Map

Black Pond Boat Launch

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  • Ownership:
  • Contact:
  • More Info:
  • Directions: 100 Camp Road, Woodstock. Route 198, turn east onto Camp Road (dirt road). Launch is 1.0 mile on left. 10 parking spaces in dirt lot.
  • Size: Lake is 73.4 acres
  • Ambience:
  • Fees:
  • Hours:
  • Activities and Facilities: Boat launch (dirt surface.) No docks or toilets.
  • Handicapped Access: Not ADA accessible.
  • Trail Maps: N/A
  • Miscellaneous: 5 HP limit.

Border Woods Preserve

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  • Ownership: The New Roxbury Land Trust
  • Contact: The New Roxbury Land Trust, www.nrlt.org, Valerie Ietto
  • More Info:
  • Directions: Abuts Greystone Farms housing subdivision. the east side of Eastford Road (CT Route 198), just north of the intersection with Old Turnpike Road (CT 197) in Woodstock.
  • Size: 36.7 acres.
  • Ambience: Mostly wooded, with a mix of hardwood trees, predominantly oak and hemlock, and an understory of yellow birch and mountain laurel. The site is hilly, with unconsolidated soils and exposed bedrock. Wetlands account for approximately 7.0 acres of the property. A perennial stream bisects the property.
  • Fees:
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Activities and Facilities: Pasive recreation only. ATV use prohibited due to steep slopes and erosion caused by unauthorized use.
  • Handicapped Access:
  • Trail Maps: There are no developed trails.
  • Miscellaneous:

Camp Nahaco

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Camp Nahaco map of hiking trails

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  • Ownership: Joint ownership towns of Eastford and Woodstock.
  • Contact: Camp Nahaco Park Commission campnahaco"at"charter.net (replace "at" with @ symbol) or call 860.974.1903. 
  • More Info: Camp Nahaco page on this website, and Woodstock Lakes. Events may also be listed on the  News page.
  • Directions: located on the Woodstock/Eastford border. Follow Route 198 to center of Eastford. Turn right onto Westford Road,and go past the Town Hall and the cemetery. Turn right onto Weeks Road, then through camp gate on your left.
  • Size: 134 acres. 2500 feet of frontage on Crystal Pond.
  • Ambience: Quiet, wooded trails, lake front.
  • Fees: open to residents of Eastford and Woodstock free of charge, but facilities may be rented for parties and private affairs, contact Camp Nahaco Park Commission.
  • Hours: Gate closed at dusk.
  • Activities and Facilities: Swimming (no life guard), hiking, non-motorized boating. Dining hall, recreation field. 2.5 acre trout pond. Children's Summer camp.
  • Handicapped Access: No info available.
  • Trail Maps: Click here. May be available at entrance road kiosk. Not all trails are well marked.
  • Miscellaneous: Looking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance.

The Fifty-Acre Wood (Darby donation)

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50 acre wood map

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  • Ownership: Town of Woodstock. Dedicated to the citizens of Woodstock in memory of Herbert C and Virgina S Darbee by Leigh Darbee in 2001.
  • Directions: 1/4 mile from the intersection of English Neighborhood Road and Pond Factory Road.
  • Size: 50 acres
  • Ambience: Wooded
  • Fees: None
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Activities and Facilities: Geocaching, Letterboxing, Hiking - the trail is easy walking, less than 1.5 miles long. See brochure.
  • Handicapped Access: No
  • Trail Maps: See brochure.
  • Miscellaneous: Limited parking. No vehicles. Dogs must be leashed. Look for signs of deer, fisher, red fox, beaver, and otter.

Kenyon Woods Preserve

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  • Ownership: The New Roxbury Land Trust
  • Contact: The New Roxbury Land Trust, www.nrlt.org, Valerie Ietto
  • More Info: See www.nrlt.org/index.php/land-holdings.html
  • Directions: Access is from Crystal Pond Road in Woodstock Valley. Limited parking.
  • Size: 20 acre forested parcel with unimproved, unmarked trails.
  • Ambience: Beautiful forested land that was once part of the Joseph Kenyon family homestead.
  • Fees:
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Activities and Facilities: Open to the public for passive recreation. Area is selectively harvested.
  • Handicapped Access:
  • Trail Maps:
  • Miscellaneous:

Little River Greenway
Wyndham Land Trust (boardwalk)

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See Little River Water Trail Map

Little River Trail

 

  • Ownership: Wyndham Land Trust, Inc.
  • Contact: PO Box 302 Pomfret Center, CT 06259-0302. Phone: (860) 963-2090 E-Mail: info@wyndhamlandtrust.org.
  • More Info: Part of the State-designated Little River Greenway.
  • Directions: Little Pond Rd., off of Route 171 near the Woodstock/Putnam border (directly across from Peake Brook Road and Citizen's National Bank).
  • Size: 40 acre parcel adjacent to Little River.
  • Ambience: Shrubby wetland floodplain to the Little River. Some traffic noise.
  • Fees: No charge.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
  • Activities and Facilities: Birding, nature observation. Short (300 foot) boardwalk (which may be added onto some day) leading to an observation platform with two benches. Trail head kiosk with info on local bird sightings (51 as of November 2006, including a variety of warblers.)
  • Handicapped Access: Trail from the parking lot to boardwalk is short but probably too steep for an unaided wheelchair occupant or person with difficulty walking.
  • Trail Maps: Info not available.
  • Miscellaneous: Off street parking for three cars, about 500 feet up Little Pond Road.

Muddy Pond

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  • Ownership: Town of Woodstock.
  • Contact:
  • More Info:
  • Directions: The Town Beach is located in North Woodstock on Pond Factory Road. From the center of North Woodstock, take English Neighborhood Road (off of Route 169.) for about two miles. Just past Leavitt Road, take a right onto Pond Factory Road, and go approximately 1 mile to the entrance.
  • Size:
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  • Hours: Open to residents of Woodstock.
  • Activities and Facilities: Town beach. No life guard.
  • Handicapped Access:
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  • Miscellaneous: Adjacent 23 acre parcel has the potential to be developed for hiking and nature observation. Contact the Woodstock Conservation Commission if you are interested in helping with this project.

Nipmuck State Forest & Bigelow Hollow State Park (Union)

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Nipmuck State Forest and Bigelow Hollow State Park

  • Ownership: State of CT
  • Contact: Nipmuck State Forest c/o Shenipsit State Forest 166 Chestnut Hill Road Stafford Springs, CT 06076. (860) 684-3430.
  • More Info: State Parks & Forests
  • Directions: Bigelow Hollow State Park I-84 to Exit 73 or 74, then follow Route 190 north to Route 171 east to the park entrance. Access from Woodstock via Route 198 (north of 197/198 junction) or Corbin Road (off of 197).
  • Size: 9,000 acres. Miles of hiking trails. 18 acre pond. A small eastern portion of the forest is in Woodstock, the majority is in Union.
  • Ambience: Rock, water, and mixed deciduous/evergreen woodland in one of the largest unbroken forest areas in Eastern CT.
  • Fees: Weekend and holiday fee.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset. Forest areas open one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Activities and Facilities: Boat launch ramp, picnic tables, pit toilets. Hiking, boating, cross country skiing, picnicking, SCUBA diving, snowmobiling, letterboxing. Marked trails lead from Bigelow Hollow to the Breakneck area, but no trail in this area is a loop trail. Hikers should be prepared to walk at least 6 miles to complete a loop around Breakneck. There are no marked trails to Briggs pond. Trails west of the park road both form loops and cover less of a distance than the trails leading to Breakneck. 
  • Handicapped Access: Handicapped access for parking and picnic tables.
  • Trail Maps: Map.
  • Miscellaneous: N/A.

Palmer Arboretum

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  • Ownership: Town of Woodstock
  • Contact: Arboretum Committee, Town of Woodstock.
  • Directions: Behind the Woodstock Historical Society parking lot, Palmer Hall, at 523 Route 169, in the historic hill district in Woodstock, CT. See Map.
  • Size: Info not available.
  • Ambience: Small, peaceful wooded area nice for quiet reflection. Huge Purple Beech, Cypress grove, criss-crossed with walking trails. Wildflowers in season. Rain garden at entrance.
  • Fees: Free parking behind the Historical Society building.
  • Hours: Info not available.
  • Activities and Facilities: Passive recreation.
  • Handicapped Access: Info not available.
  • Trail Maps: Short walk, steep in parts.
  • Miscellaneous: Interesting collection of marked trees and ornamentals. Donated to the Town by Minnie Palmer Dean in 1925. For more info, see the Town of Woodstock website.

Rapoport/ Spalding Preserve, Windham
Land Trust Inc.

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  • Ownership: Wyndham Land Trust, Inc.
  • Contact: www.WyndhamLandTrust.org
  • Directions: Joy Road to Calkins Road, part at the end of Calkins Road (abandoned town road.) To access trails, park near the beaver pond on Pulpit Rock Road, and look for Wyndham Land Trust signs.
  • Size: 154 acres, 4 parcels.
  • Ambience: mixed woods, active hay fields and wetlands.
  • Fees: None
  • Hours: Always open
  • Activities and Facilities: None
  • Handicapped Access: Limited
  • Trail Maps: No trail maps but see property map. One mile loop trail from Pulpit Road Road travels through the woods to the west of the Taylor Brook beaver pond. Calkins Rd. runs from Pulpit Rock Rd alongside the east edge of the pond, to Joy Road (one mile.)
  • Miscellaneous: No hunting is allowed on WLT properties. Combines the Linda J. Rapoport Memorial Preserve and the Paul & Avis Spalding Preserve.

Recreation Park at Senexet Village - see The Beeches

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Also see Little River Water Trail Map
  • Ownership: Town of Woodstock.
  • Contact: Recreation Director, Town of Woodstock, 860.928.3396, x 305
  • More Info: See Town of Woodstock website.
  • Directions: Off of Route 171, located behind the Beeches Real Estate buildings.
  • Size: No information.
  • Ambience: The river runs alongside part of the trail, by the soccer field.
  • Fees: None. Open to the public. To book use of the field, contact the Rec Dept. - proof of liability insurance is required.
  • Hours: Closes at sunset.
  • Activities and Facilities: Walking trail, soccer field, basketball court. No bathrooms yet. A playscape may be installed in the future. There is an area where you can take out a canoe or kayak (after a 2 mile paddle from Roseland Lake), but it is rocky and water levels can be low.
  • Handicapped Access: No.
  • Trail Maps: The trail is 1 mile long. It circles Senexet Village. It begins at the soccer field and ends behind Imagination Station Daycare. Part of the trail is hilly, and part is flat.
  • Miscellaneous: No skateboarding or roller blading is allowed on the courts. The town Highway Dept. handles maintenance.

Roseland Park

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Roseland Park map

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Also see Little River Water Trail Map

  • Ownership: Donated by the Bowen Family to the people of Woodstock.
  • Contact: (860) 963-7690. Overseen by a Board of Trustees
  • More Info: See Town of Woodstock website.
  • Directions: Roseland Park Road.
  • Size: 60.3 acres
  • Ambience: Lake with grounds, surrounded by woods.
  • Fees: None. $75 to rent park for the day.
  • Hours: December 1 - March 14, 8 a.m. to Sunset. March 15 - November 30, 7 a.m. to sunset.
  • Activities and Facilities: Natural lake. Playground, basketball court, lake (fishing, boating with boat launch), picnic area, benches, pavilion.
  • Handicapped Access: Info not available.
  • Trail Maps: Info not available.
  • Miscellaneous: More Info on history, rules, etc.

Scenic Roads

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Woodstock has 24.82 miles of improved gravel or dirt roads. Some are designated as scenic. They offer lovely, graded walking opportunities. See the SAFE Guide for Walking and Running. More information on Woodstock's designated scenic roads.

Woodstock Elementary School

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  • Activities and Facilities: Soccer field, two playgrounds, two baseball fields, basketball court. No other information available at this time.
 

More Information and References:

Conservation Commission
Every twenty minutes on the Appalachian Trail, Katz and I walked farther than the average American walks in a week. For 93 percent of all trips outside the home, for whatever distance or whatever purpose, Americans now get in a car. On average the total walking of an American these days -- that's walking of all types: from car to office, from office to car, around the supermarket and shopping malls -- adds up to 1.4 miles a week, barely 350 yards a day.

- Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods