Outdoor Activities

Click on any of the headings below to find our more about a specific location.

Hiking

Enchanted Trail

The Enchanted Trail stretches across Wolfpits, the Bethel Educational park, Boardwalk, and into East Swamp. It passes thorugh a mix of Bethel Land Trust properties and public land. Trail map: JPG

Wolfpits

3 joined properties from the Nature Conservancy, Norwalk Savings, and Wormser family. Marked hiking trail (part of Enchanted Trail), two portions with steep climb to overlooks. Overgrown wet meadow. Wetland area with spring peepers. Beaver swamp visible from trail. Old stone walls and granite quarry (the wolfpit)

The Enchanted Trail Boardwalk

The boardwalk is wide enough for use by wheelchairs, including motorized wheelchairs. The ramp to the boardwalk should allow direct access from the parking lot, but please be aware the parking lot is dirt, so may be difficult to navigate after heavy rain.

The boardwalk connects to a path suitable for biking or hiking. Bicyclists, please walk your bikes on the boardwalk section.

Mike's Pond: McNichols Preserve at Chestnut Ridge

Short, flat hiking trail crosses small brook to area between 2 ponds.

Plishner Memorial Family Preserve at Cherry Lane

Successional forest with slightly rolling land. Walkable woods, but has no marked trails. Planned perimeter trail.

Buckboard Ridge Road

Walkable woods in drier seasons, but no marked trails. Wetland area along brook.

Hoyt Property at Shelley Road

Wet property bisected by brook. Stone wall on right connects to 72 acre Franc property (Town of Bethel-Open Space) which connects to 76 acres Newtown Forest Association property with hiking trails.

Ivy Island (Walters and Chelsea Hts)

Walk on graveled road (State of Connecticut open space) to end (power line towers). Turn right. Follow trail through reeds to brook. Ivy Island is across large brook. The island itself may not be accessible during high water. Recommended bike trail.

 

Other activities

Biking

Bikes are currenly prohibited. Most of our properties are seasonally wet or have steep slopes that are unsuitable for biking.

Birding

Birders, we are currently compiling a list for each property. Please report what you saw using our bird report form. You can also request a link to ALL bird sightings to find out what other birders have seen around Bethel!

Dog walking

Any of the properties with designated hiking paths can be used for dog walks. Please make sure your dog is on leash at all times.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is currently prohibited because none of the trails are properly cleared or graded for horses. If you would like to help us develop a horse riding trail on our properties, please contact us.

Foraging

Foraging is currently not allowed.

Skiing & snowshoeing

There are no sections suitable for downhill skiing due to the heavy forest cover on most of the Land Trust properties. Cross country skiing is only recommended on properties with either have old road (such as Wolfpit) or a power line right of way (the Enchanted Trail). Most of the trails are suitable for snowshoeing.

ATVing

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Land Trust properties, except in designated parking areas. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed on the boardwalk.

Hunting

Hunting is not currently allowed on any Land Trust properties.

 

 

 

 

Geocaches & Letterboxes

Wolfpits

3 joined properties from the Nature Conservancy, Norwalk Savings, and Wormser family. Marked trail (part of Enchanted trail), two portions with steep climb to overlooks. Overgrown wet meadow. Wetland area with spring peepers. Beaver swamp visible from trail. Old stone walls and granite quarry (the wolfpit)

Easy night cache, can be done with children age's 8 and up

Expert level nightcache, requires at least 3 people to find!

Add a cache or letterbox!

If you would like to set up a geocache or letterboxes on one of the Land Trust properties, please contact us so we can help you select a location. We generally welcome them, but some areas may not not be suitable because they are seasonal wetlands. What looked like a path may become a stream for part of the year! Please contact us so we can help you pick a spot that's safe to access year round.

 

Fishing & Canoeing

Please make sure to have a current fishing license. Please wash and dry your waders, canoes, paddles, etc before visiting to help combat the spread of invasive species like rock snot and zebra mussels! If you catch an invasive fish, don't throw it back, leave it on bank for the scavengers! If using live bait, do not empty buckets into waterways after you're done fishing.

Mike's Pond : McNichols Preserve at Chestnut Ridge

Short, flat trail crosses small brook to area between 2 ponds.

Wolfpits

Fishing in beaver swamp.

Libby Kellogg Preserve

Skirt end of bridge and fish next to brook. Portions suitable for canoeing during high water.

Ivy Island (Walters and Chelsea Hts)

Ivy Island is across large brook. The island itself may not be accessible during high water. portions suitable for canoeing.