Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in White Memorial Conservation Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12 days ago

Nice trail. Short walk we started from Whites woods rd by the river and did other trail to get there.

22 days ago

Very easy, mostly flat elevation. Go left first if you want to read the information posts in order. Just follow the yellow makers. Nice view of Bantam Lake!

over grown
1 month ago

Super cute. We did both trails just to extend our hike. When we got to the road at the end of the Lauren Hill trail we walked the road back. It was actually pretty nice to see all the houses on the lake.

Really super cute... love this little hike. Small and quick, but a little workout and a big payoff. Beautiful view of the lake. Very easy trail to follow. Will be back!

over grown
2 months ago

My friend and I did this with our 7 month olds' and my small dog, parts of it were overgrown and not well marked, and parts of the boardwalk around little pond are broken. Overall it's a nice hike and we enjoyed it, but it could use a little matienance.

2 months ago

Bring your bug spray!! Start at N.Shore rd.

Nice peaceful walk took my dogs lots of interesting birds to see wooded trail is still a bit muddy in spots

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paddle sports
5 months ago

5.5 miles on Bantam River

Nice hike ... not difficult at all .. perfect if you’re looking for a short hike

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Sun Jul 01 2018

A nice place for a walk. However there really is no hiking involved. Maximum inclination is 100 feet for this approximately 6 mile walk. I’m really not sure why this is put as a moderate hike on this site. If you are beginner to hiking you can easily do this as only walking involved. I do however find many to not follow the leash rules so keep that in mind as well.

Beautiful short trail. ((Wear pants)) very high grass. And tick repellent. But the greenery was Majestic. The view was beautiful. Good for kids. Me and Pearly Jam would come back . One THUMBS UP. Are time was 32 minutes there and back.

Sun Jun 03 2018

Great day for a hike on a great trail. Very easy for kids to walk

beautiful view . definatly visit the swamp.

mountain biking
Fri Nov 10 2017

WMF is a very fun place with lots of variety, and I do a lot of trail running there. As far as mtn biking it is boring, but for a beginner it’s excellent. If you are looking for something remotely challenging WMF is not the place! Most of the trails are carriage roads that you can drive a car on. There are some good inclines to work on your climbing skills, but that’s about it. There are no technical downhills or much of anything challenging. Plus, many of the trails, unless you know the less populated ones, can be very crowded on weekends. To that, many of the dog owners are very disrespectful and don’t abide by the leash laws (for the record, I am a dog owner!). When one points out that they are breaking the rules most get their hackles up and underwear in a bunch. If you want a challenge head over to the Mattituck Trail by the Thomaston Dam. It’s quiet, unpopulated, a very challenging!

Keep this one in mind for the fall when the view should be spectacular. Late Summer doesn't afford a full view of Bantam Lake - very short walk up to the viewing stand. Wouldn't allow more than two people on the stand at a time.....

Boring hike but nice views.

Quick hike...nice views

I parked on north shore road in litchfield, there are no signs saying you can't park there....it was fairly easy to find. nice view of the swampyish lake

Sun Jul 09 2017

We arrived at 12:30 pm on a Sunday and there were only a few hikers there. Decided to hike Little Pond. The trail was well marked (black inside of white square). You will walk the majority of the trail on a boardwalk. I still recommend good footwear even though I saw folks in flip flops. Our reward, during the hike, was spotting a lone heron on the pond. It was awesome. Recommendations: The only restroom facilities were outhouses which are well stocked with toilet paper. Please bring your own hand sanitizer or towelette to cleanse your hands. Maps can be purchased fir $3.00 at the museum's store (which has a bathroom that is accessible, if you pay for admission. I didn't think that was worth the $6.00 fee but I understand that the museum does not want to be over run with people just going in just to use the facilities. All in all would like to return to explore the other trails.

Look for address 142 as the entrance is off a private driveway/easement. Also, this trail is barely a mile loop, the view is gorgeous on the wooden observation tower. You can decide to continue onto the Laurel Hill Trail towards the boardwalk at Cat swamp if you choose to if you want a longer hike. When we went it seemed that the poison ivy was creeping within the cut meadow closer than usual so be cautious.

Fri Jun 16 2017

Enjoyed except I was following the blue blazes & had to walk quite a distance to get back to my car in the rain.

After a short hike up a slight hillside, you'll be rewarded with a tranquil view of Bantam Lake and the surrounding landscape. Best on a summer morning or evening.

Fri Jun 09 2017

Nice short trail with an observation deck that overlooks a wooded meadow.

Tue Jun 06 2017

Wonderful hike almost any time of year.

Sun Apr 10 2016

Beautiful all around

Fri Oct 17 2014

Beautiful trail during the fall season. The walk around the five lakes is stunning but the trail markers can be misleading or nonexistent. Lots of wildlife, beaver dams and birch tree forest. Great place to take a picnic and kick back- not at all strenuous.

mountain biking
Tue Aug 20 2013

I ride here daily, if you follow the rights paths there are awesome climbs with fast fun downhill rewards. Make sure you cross rt. 63 to the far side of the park. This is the most diverse and fun area for me on my 29er.

Wed Jun 20 2012


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