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Ayers Preserve

The Ayers Preserve was donated to East Haddam Land Trust in 2002. About 300 feet borders the Eightmile River and is floodplain.
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0.30 miles, Loop
East Haddam
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash


The 6-acre Ayers Preserve was donated to  East Haddam Land Trust in 2002. Abut 300 feet borders the Eightmile River and is floodplain. Due to scarring of the lands by floods, ground cover near the river is sparse. The site was once a pasture and meadow and had been planted as a Christmas tree farm. Now, the spruce trees are large, eliminating sun in the understory. Naked spruce limbs now intertwine below a lush canopy of green spruce branches. The are dotted with red maples, grape vines, and bittersweet vines and the grounds are covered with large colonies of royal, cinnamon, and New York ferns. Cultivated species of trees and shrubs border the property.

Other Information

East Haddam Land Trust preserves and protects land in perpetuity for the public benefit. Since 1979, your donations have helped East Haddam Land Trust, a volunteer, non-profit land conservation corporation, preserve unique woodlands, fields, lakes, rivers and open spaces for the public benefit. East Haddam Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Please note, hunting is not permitted on East Haddam Land Trust preserves.

As a safety precaution, please wear orange during hunting season when hiking through or adjacent to any wooded or open space areas.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the East Haddam Land Trust's website or contact:

East Haddam Land Trust
East Haddam Land Trust
P.O. Box 122. East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 484-3458
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information


Follow Route 82 south.  Take a left onto Hopyard Road.  Access is from Hopyard Road via a narrow finger of the property 1/4 mile south of Dolbia Hill Road and 3/4 miles north of Route 82.

IMPORTANT: Parking is very limited and will have limited sightlines so exercise extreme caution.

NOTE: Directly across the Eightmile River from the Ayers Preserve, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) holds an easement that abuts the TNC 's Burnham Brook Preserve.

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