Had a blast today! Went a little over eight miles and just twisted throughout the maze of trails. I ran my map quest since I messed up recording using AllTrails app again and that gave me a sense of where I was and how to get back. So much to see and fun exploring. Picked raspberries when done then bought an apple pie to bring home. Can't wait to go back. :)
Westwoods is a wonderful little hike with much to offer. The trails are mostly moderate but there are some challenging areas. There were a couple of tight squeezes and an area that required a little crawling to get through. Maps are a must as there are miles of interconnecting trails that can be confusing at times. During our hike today, we enjoyed the beautiful forest, rocky outcroppings, caves, scenic lake vista, and the numerous points of interest listed on the map from Dep. Mosquito repellent is a must in this area. Luckily the mosquitos weren't too bad today as it was pretty dry in the marshy areas.
The hike was interesting enough that I will be back to hike areas I wasn't able to get to today.
The Westwoods Preserve offers you a trip through history: diverse choice of trails, stunning views and a sense that you've walked back in time.
See the CT DEP site for a great trail map to make sure you miss nothing. My tribe and I have been there 100s of times; every hike unique -- we've rarely run into other hikers or bikers. At one end you'll find the historic caves -- at the other you'll find Lost Lake.
The following is paraphrased the Westwoods entry in Wikipedia; see also the CT DEP website for a trail map.
Westwoods encompasses 39 miles (63 km) of trails alongside caves, lakes, streams, rivers, and rock formations. The preserve, owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, converges into other preserves from LI to Northern CT.
The well-marked and well-tended trails are perfect for walking, running, biking and horseback. Kayaking through Lost Lake looks like fun as well.
We used to live adjacent to this preserve and hiked it regularly. It offers 40+ miles/1200 acres of well-maintained hiking trails of easy-to-moderate difficulty. Lots of natural rock formations and waterfalls. Hike toward the marsh and tidal areas to glimpse osprey and other beautiful critters!
This is a great hiking area right in the middle of Guilford, just off of Highway 95. I believe there are 39 miles of trails, so definitely bring a map! If you stop at Bishop's Orchard you can pick one up, along with some lunch. Definitely check out the yellow trail. There are multiple trailheads and you can opt to do a quick loop or hike for several hours.