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Babcock Ridge/ Erisman Woodlands Preserve

Avalonia Land Conservancy's Babcock Ridge and Erisman Woodland Preserves provide the opportunity to hike through sloping rocky uplands with high ridge vistas, intermittent wetlands and vernal pools. 
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking
2.5 miles, Network
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass
Permitted on leash


Located in North Stonington and directly connected to the south of Erisman Woodland Preserve is the Babcock Ridge Preserve.  Off-street parking, entrances to the preserves are easily appreciated.  Combined, these preserves offer approximately 2.5 miles of total trail and a welcomed elevation gain of 335 feet along a wooded ridge.  If starting at the entrance to Babcock Ridge Preserve, one can welcome the elevation gain early in their hike.  The series of interconnected loops (titled Babcock, Erisman, and Ridge) offer the opportunity for diverse combinations of hikes along stonewalls, intermittent wetlands, and views of beautiful ridge vistas.  These trails are very well marked with blue and yellow trail heads with occasional signs/postage, making for a smooth hiking experience.  The Babcock Ridge and Erisman Woodland Preserves are pet friendly (dogs on leash) and moderate in difficulty.  Hiking on these trails offers great bird watching (most notably hawks and blue jays). 


Other Information

Please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting the preserve:

  • This Preserve is open to foot traffic only.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times. Please remove any waste and waste bags. 
  • The preserve is open dawn to dusk.
  • Please stay on the marked trails.

This property is part of Avalonia's Hike & Seek Program scavenger hunt program, start your adventure here

Trail Manager

Avalonia Land Conservancy preserves natural habitats in southeastern Connecticut by acquiring and protecting lands, and communicating the value of these irreplaceable resources. Learn more on their website or contact: 

Avalonia Land Conservancy

Avalonia Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 49
Old Mystic, CT 06372
(860) 884-3500
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.
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Trailhead Information

From I- 95 North: Take exit 92 and turn right onto CT-2 W in Stonington. Turn left onto Flanders Rd. Turn right onto Pellegrino Rd. The parking lot and trail head will be on your right. 

From I-95 South: Take exit 92 and turn right onto CT-49 N. Turn left onto Babcock Rd. The parking lot and trail head will be on your left. 

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