This week, Litchfield Land Trust invites you to explore the Marsh Hawk Trail on the Graham Thompson Preserve. We at the Litchfield Land Trust are pleased to have so many neighbors enjoying exercise, fresh air, a change of scenery and respite on our trails. Please stay safe, maintain social distancing and remain on the trail. Please take photos and them share with us!
Starting at the Community Garden the trail head is located at the end of the parking area to the right of the garden shed. The easy quarter mile stroll follows a cut path through a hay field. The hay in this field is harvested late in the season to protect ground nesting birds. The path ascends a modest hill and at the height of the land a kiosk with a map is located on the right. The path descends along a ruined stone wall at the edge of a hay field to a viewing platform with bench seating. The platform overlooks a beaver pond in a tranquil wetland valley. This is a quiet place with wonderful nature viewing and a rich place for bird watching. It was named for a pair of Marsh Hawks that entertained the trail crew volunteers as they worked on the property.
The Litchfield Community Garden located on the Graham Thompson Preserve is a jointly managed partnership between the Litchfield Land Trust & Litchfield Community Center. The preserve is named for Graham Thompson, a founding member, past President and early driving force for the Litchfield Land Trust. Preserve.
Funds provided by the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy and the State of Connecticut allowed the Litchfield Land Trust to acquire and preserve this property formerly known as Hassig Farm.
For a link to the trail map - Click Here.
0.5 Miles • Easy
Intersection of Brush Hill Road and Route 202, Litchfield, CT Located behind the Community Garden. Walking distance from the Litchfield Community Center.
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