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Belknap Preserve

Features such as open pastures, lush wetlands, rolling forests, and Mayapple Brook valley make Belknap Preserve a desireable 37 acre open space park.
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking
Length
1.3 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Wilton
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Grass
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Many features of the preserve still clearly reflect its agricultural past. A short access trail connects to the blue blazed loop trail. Turning north, downhill, the loop trail passes through a wetland system. An impressive group of "wolf" trees, large broad-crowned, excessively branchy trees provides abundant cover. Following the loop trail counter-clockwise, rolling open woodlands dominate. The trail passes through former fields experiencing different stages of forest succession. Eastern red cedar, hickory, sassafras, and other sun-tolerant trees are filling in the former fields. Woodland grasses carpet much of the sunny forest floor. Grey and black birch, red maple and oak trees occur throughout the more established woodlands. The southwest corner of the preserve provides a dramatic westward view of the Mayapple Brook valley and beyond into Gregg Preserve. Continuing on the loop trail, the woodlands brighten into areas that are still maintained as open fields. The tall grasses provide habitat for insects and bird species that prefer open meadows. The fields gently slope down to a wetland system at the eastern boundary of the property. A small stream runs through the wetland and connects to Mayapple Brook south of the property. At the base of the slope, before you reach the stream, the trail turns into a wooded wetland and heads north and up a rocky ridge. From high on the ridge, especially in the spring and early summer, frogs can be heard from the pond below.

This property is a wonderful place for a walk, not only because it contains rich natural history, it also provides an insightful glimpse into Wilton's early agricultural history. Stonewalls dominate the property. Adventurous walkers may follow trails as an entrance into additional trails within the Gregg Preserve.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Town of Wilton's website or contact:

Town of Wilton, Department of Environmental Affairs

Town of Wilton, Department of Environmental Affairs
238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
203-563-0181
zen.herter@wiltonct.org
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Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Be aware of and limit the noise you and your group generate. Enjoy the sounds of nature.
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Trailhead Information

From Wilton Center, take route 7 north for 2.6 miles to Honey Hill Road on the right (east). Follow Honey Hill Road 0.7 miles to Wampum Hill Road. Turn right (south) and entrance is 200 feet on the right. Also from trails within the Gregg Preserve to the west.

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