RLT maintains winter parking at Tierney, Mine Hill, River Road and Orzech Family Preserves. Please use good judgment with weather conditions, daylight hours and wet, snowy or icy trails. As always, motorized vehicles are prohibited, pets should be kept under owner’s control, and preserves close at dusk.
Dog lovers/dog walkers: We ask that you keep your pet, preferably on a leash, or under your control.
Volunteers are always needed to monitor and maintain our trails. Contact the office, 860-350-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to volunteer.
The Roxbury Land Trust DOES NOT ALLOW ATVs or other motorized vehicles on any of its trails or any of its preserves. Please report any such activity directly to the Resident Trooper, 860-354-0089.
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1. Mine Hill Preserve · 360 acres Download Map
Access: Off Mine Hill Road, on right 0.3 miles after turn off Route 67.
Trails: The Main Loop (blue blazes) is a moderately difficult, 3.5-mile trail that climbs up the Donkey Trail, past abandoned mine shafts, through quarries and to the remains of an iron ore blast furnace and roasting ovens.
The Rervoir Trail (yellow blazes) is an easy, 0.3-mile loop that begins at the south end of the pond, passes over the footbridge and rejoins the Donkey Trail.
The restored furnace and roasting ovens are also an easy, 0.2-mile walk from the parking lot.
Features: Nine self-guiding interpretive signs. Restored 19th century blast furnace and roasting ovens. National Register of Historic Places. Granite quarries. Mine shafts (now home to bats). Donkey paths. Stone bridge. Farm fields along the Shepaug River. Learn more about about the geology, ecology and history of Mine Hill.
2. Carter Preserve · 160 acres Download Map
Access: Current access is at the Quarry Bridge off the Blue Loop in the Mine Hill Preserve.
Trail: An easy 2-mile loop (red blazes) begins at Mine Hill's Quarry Bridge (about 1.5 miles in from the parking lot).
Features: Vernal pools. Farm fields. Distant winter views.
3. Battle Swamp Brook Preserve & Raven Rock Preserve · 45 acres Download Map
Access: Off Judds Bridge Road, on right about 1.2 miles from turn off Route 199.
Trail: 1.35-mile easy walk from Judd's Bridge Road to Battle Swamp Road and back.
Features: Battle Swamp Brook
4. Emily Griffith Beardsley Preserve, Humphrey Preserve & Moosehorn Access · 138 acres Download Map
Access: One entrance is off Route 199, about 0.75 miles from Route 67 intersection. Second is off Moosehorn Road, about 0.7 miles on the right after turn off Davenport Road.
Trails: The Blue Loop is 3 miles long and of moderate difficulty. Beginning at the white barn off Route 199, this hike has some steep climbs over the preserve's rolling terrain.
The Red Loop is 1.6 miles long and begins off Moosehorn Road. It offers some steep climbs. Both trails lead to Caroline Glen and skirt Moosehorn Brook.
Features: Caroline Glen, where the brook cascades through a rocky gorge rimmed by tall hemlocks. Old sawmill site. Hemlock groves.
5. Horrigan Family Preserve · 6 acres
Access: On south side of Painter Hill Road east of intersection with Cross Brook Road.
Trails: To be developed.
Features: Old farm field. Cross Brook.
6. Gavel Family Farm Preserve · 200 acres
Access: Parking lot off Upper County Road (now called Dorothy Diebold Lane).
Features: Stunning views to south, east and west. Rolling meadows. Jack's Brook. Working farmland.
7. Lilly Preserve · 140 acres Download Map. This also adjoins the Baldwin Preserve.
Access: One entrance is 2 miles east of Roxbury Green near bridge on Route 317. A second entrance is off Old Tophet Road.
Trails: The Blue Loop is 1.5 miles long and of moderate difficulty. It passes through marshes and swamps near Jack's Brook.
The Red Loop is 1 mile long and of moderate difficulty. It traverses the upper wooded portion of the preserve.
Features: Marshland. Wooded swampland. Beaver activity. Mixed hardwoods. Old stone walls. Rock outcroppings. Farm field with grazing cattle during summer. Sawmill site.
8. Matthau Preserve · 32 acres
Access: Off Tophet Road
Features: Open pastureland. Views to east.
9. Styron Preserve · 22 acres
Access: Off Tophet Road
Features: Beautiful open meadow. Old-growth trees.
10. Widmark Preserve · 27 acres and 3-acre Baldwin Connector
Access: Off Tophet Road
Features: Continuous greenbelt from the Matthau, Styron and Miller Preserves to Good Hill Farm. Historic one-room Good Hill Schoolhouse.
11. Arthur Miller & Inge Morath Miller Preserve · 55 acres
Access: Tophet Road at Hoop Hill Road
Trail: Follow old wood road (Hoop Hill Road) east to open field; easy trail connecting across private conservationeasement to Good Hill Farm.
Features: Old wood road. Old pasture. Woodlands. Part of a 600-acre greenbelt.
12. Good Hill Farm Preserve · 476 acres
Access: Parking and trailhead 0.5 miles east of Tophet Road on Route 317.
Trail: 0.8 mile easy loop through woods and along active pastureland. New trail to connect across private land to the Miller Preserve.
Features: Working farm. Sweeping eastern and western views. Important grassland bird habitat.
13. Baldwin Preserve & Bray Preserve · 60 acres Download Map
Access: The Baldwin Preserve can be accessed from either Route 317 (on right about 2 miles east of Roxbury Green) or from Lower County Road, on left about 0.5 mile from Route 317 intersection.
Trails: 1.5 miles round trip of gradual ascents/descents along well-worn trails. At the crest of the hill, an opening affords distant views of Good Hill. The path forks at the old stone wall: one fork leads past the edge of van Deusen swamp to Route 317 (where you can cross to the Lilly Preserve) and the other fork leads to the beaver lodge and a picnic site. Short loop off main trail.
Features: Rock outcroppings. Old beech trees. Mountain laurel.
14. van Deusen Preserve · 21 acres Download Map This also connects to the Baldwin Preserve
Access: The entrance is off Bacon Road, about 0.3 mile on the right after turning off Route 317. Park on the roadside.
Trails: The unblazed trail is less than 0.1 mile long and is an easy walk down a planked trail from the road to the swamp, where there is a viewing deck.
Features: Jack's Brook. Swamp is host to waterfowl, beavers and other wildlife.
15. Natalie White Preserve · 9 acres Download Map
Access: Off Rucum Road, on left about 0.1 mile from Route 67 intersection.
Trails: Easy 0.25-mile loop; no trail blazes.
Features: Lovely western views of Roxbury's rolling hills and farmlands. Natalie White Memorial sculpture.
16. Glaves Preserve · 5 acres
No public access or trail.
17. Brian E. Tierney Preserve · 56 acres Download Map
Access: Parking lot off Squire Road, near Apple Lane intersection, 0.5 mile from Route 67 or 0.9 mile from South Street.
Trails: 1.8-mile trail loop of moderate difficulty. Requires some steep, rocky climbing along high rim that forms the western boundary. Less difficult walk along Jack's Brook and edge of field to the Cascades.
Features: Large glacial boulders. Jack's Brook. A series of waterfalls called the Cascades. Old stone walls. Hemlocks, mountain laurel, large beech trees. Open hay fields.
17. Allen S. Hurlburt Preserve · 25 acres Download Map
Access: Park along Flagg Swamp Road. Walk in at Preserve sign to the 1.8 mile Tierney Preserve trail.
Features: Gently rolling wooded hills with pristine wetlands.
18. Leander Woods Preserve · 34 acres
Access: Off Flag Swamp Road
Features: Hemlocks. Old stone walls.
19. River's Edge Preserve · 24 acres Download Map
Access: Off Lower River Road. Park at gate and walk in 50 yards along road bed. Turn left at large boulder with blue arrow.
Trails: 1-mile loop, moderate, with steep climbs and narrow paths, some along river's edge.
Features: Meadow, sweeping bend of the Shepaug River.
20. River Road Preserve, Erbacher Preserve & Golden Harvest Preserve · 453 acres Download Map
Access: All three preserves are accessed through the River Road Preserve off River Road.
Trails: The River Road trail is a 1.5 mile loop of moderate difficulty with some steep climbs and access to the Shepaug River.
The Erbacher trail starts to the left after crossing Volunteers Bridge (0.75-mile in from the start of River Road trail) and is a 1.2-mile loop of easy to moderate hiking along an old railroad bed and through hilly terrain.
To access the Golden Harvest Preserve, turn right after crossing Volunteers Bridge and follow the railroad bed to the farm fields on the right.
Features: Pond; good fly-fishing along Shepaug River; picnic tables at Volunteers Bridge, a suspension bridge built entirely by volunteers in 1991; old railroad bed.
21. McMahan Preserve · 44 acres
No public access or trails.
22. Fulkerson Preserve · 9 acres
No public access or trails.
23. Orzech Family Preserve · 112 acres Download Map
Note: The brand new Orzech Family Preserve parking lot was reconstructed after the heavy March rains and is again undergoing major reconstruction courtesy of Hurricane Irene who did even more extensive damage. A small area of the parking lot is open, but please use with care. Access: RLT parking area off Botsford Hill Road. Follow split-rail fence to opening near interior blue gate to access the old railroad bed and the Kress Family Trail. This trail connects to the River Road, Erbacher and Golden Harvest Preserves. (See #20, above.)
Features: Working farming. Views. Historic railroad bed along Shepaug River.
24. Jagiri Loomba Preserve · 5 acres
Access: Off Route 67 near Mine Hill Road
Features: Shepaug River with fishing allowed.
Detailed Trail Maps Available
Although maps are posted at most trailheads and most trails are blazed, we highly recommend taking a detailed trail map with you. The following preserve maps can be downloaded in PDF format here: Baldwin, Battle Swamp/Raven Rock, Beardsley, Lilly/van Deusen, Mine Hill/Carter, Natalie White, River's Edge, River Road/Erbacher/Golden Harvest/Orzech Family Preserves and Tierney/Hurlburt.
You can downloard free Adobe Acrobat reader software, in order to read PDF files.
A set of printed detailed maps (Cost/$5), with trails, contours and major features clearly marked, is available at the Land Trust office, Roxbury Town Clerk’s office, Minor Memorial Library and Maple Bank farm stand.
- Please carry out all trash.
- Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under owner's control and preferably leashed.
- The collection of plants or animals is prohibited.
- Hunting or trapping activities are prohibited.
- The use of firearms or any other weapon is prohibited.
- Please do not disturb any structures.
- Camping, only for organized groups such as Scouts, with the written permission of the Roxbury Land Trust.
- No campfires.
- Motorized vehicles are not allowed.
- All preserves close at dusk.
- Please be respectful of farming and do not traverse planted fields.
- Please report any problems to the Roxbury Lant Trust 860-350-4148.
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The Roxbury Land Trust is committed to preserving our agricultural heritage. Please respect our farmers by staying off fields during the growing season and steering clear of operating machinery and livestock.
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