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Benedict Benson Preserve

Enjoy a nice walk through a stonewall, and across a small creek while enjoying the local wildlife. 
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking
1.4 miles, Loop
Easy, Moderate
North Stonington
Packed Earth/Dirt
Permitted on leash


Benedict Benson Preserve offers a truly fun, easy to moderate hike that allows you to become one with nature.  There is a small parking lot on the west side of Swantown Hill Road, adjacent to the trailhead.   This yellow trail is well marked and easily appreciated.  Approximately 0.14 miles in is a stonewall.  Crossing over this stonewall leads you to the start of the lasso loop, splitting left and right.  Be on the lookout for an old, rusted car frame on the side of the trail.  Additionally, two board and bog walks are located on the trail for crossing over a small creek.  These are located on the northern tip and southwest corner of the loop, respectively.  Birds of various types are a common sight to see, in addition to squirrels, chipmunks, and whitetail deer.  The total, in-and-out distance of the hike is 1.4 miles with 190 feet of elevation change.  The trail width ranges from 3 feet to wide open.  It is pet-friendly (dogs on leash).

This 94-acre parcel is just a small portion of a very large and intact mature forest block known for its excellent birding opportunities. The area is rugged and rocky with great outcrops, formations, glacial erratics, and stone walls. The west side trail is easy to moderate with some elevation change down to the pretty Lantern Brook and stream crossings in two areas.

Other Information

Please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting the preserve:

  • Woodlot Preserve is open to foot traffic only.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • 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

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

Respect Wildlife
Avoid unwanted animal guests: store your food and trash securely and keep your camp clean of crumbs and spills.
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Trailhead Information

The trailhead for Benedict Benson Preserve is located in North Stonington off Swantown Hill Road (approximately 105 Swantown Hill Road),

From the east: Off of CT-2 E/Stonington Rd take a right onto Swantown Hill Rd. The preserve parking is on the left.

From the west: Off of CT-2 W take a left onto Swantown Hill Rd.  The preserve parking is on the left.

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