Meeker Trail - Macricostas Preserve

MODERATE 13 reviews

Meeker Trail - Macricostas Preserve is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Preston Marble Dale, CT that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 680 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Purchased in 2000 in a bargain sale from Constantine Macricostas, the 238-acre parcel is also commonly known as Meeker Swamp. The unspoiled land a mix of meadow, farmland, wooded ridge and wetlands sits just north of Route 202, opposite the junction of Route 47, and makes a magnificent natural gateway to the town. Contiguous to four other previously donated parcels, as well as the pinnacle overlook above Lake Waramaug, the aggregate preserve now consists of 368 acres. The central 238-acre parcel consists of 50 acres of prime farmland; 90 acres of woodland and rocky ridge, and 98 acres of critical wetlands, including the headwaters of Bee Brook, a major tributary of the Shepaug River. The sites unusual geology represents the eastern limit of carbonate (marble) bedrock in this region of the state, and is where three bedrock units come together. Most significantly, the preserve contains one of the Towns largest fresh water supplies within both bedrock and stratified drift aquifers.

1 month ago

great lookout, pretty varied trail but the map provided by the preserve wasn't as informative as the one on this app so we missed out on seeing the lake. will have to make it back a second time

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful. Varied flora and terrain which I loved. Large boulders throughout. Fantastic view at the top overlooking lake Waramaug. Just wished there was a bit more climb. Did the loop with the shorter increased elevation portion first. Highly recommend for an easy/moderate day hike :)

hiking
2 months ago

If you have limited time, take the Pinnacle Trail from June Rd. Moderate with some nice challenges. Awesome view from top of Lake Warramaug and beyond. Won't disappoint.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short hike with great views from the top. Not very difficult.

5 months ago

Great views!! Moderate trail for sure but the views are so worth it :)

hiking
6 months ago

Very beautiful trail, well maintained, inclines

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day out! Got there early so it started to get hot while walking back in the field. Just way too hot right in the sun, but worth it! Took us longer than usual because we brought our two (11&20lbs) dogs. They did not like it, and they love hiking. Had to carry them on our way back halfway, haha :p Definitely worth it! Loved the view!!

7 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike!

walking
1 year ago

Nice views a bit difficult because it's straight uphill for a while. Bring lots of water but it's great for dogs. Big field and lots of running room. Trails are very well kept