The Pressmar Preserve was established in 1984 from a donation by William Pressmar. It is a lightly-forested property with seasonal wetlands. Access is somewhat limited, as the property is land-locked with no trails.
Ivy Island is a land-locked 4.7 acres preserve donated by Dolores Walter in 1996. The preserve indeed is an island, a late succession, wetland forest. The island itself (which is full of snakes and poison ivy) is usually not accessible during very low water or when the water is iced over.... Read More
The Aviary Preserve was donated to the Bethel Land Trust by Bruno in 2014. It is a 17.5 acres property, primarily a lightly-forested swamp that serves as open space and habitat for native plants and animals.
The Walnut Hill Nature preserve encompasses 4.5 acres, mostly a wetland meadow and a shared pond. This meadow serves as a flood plain for the adjacent Dibbles Brook, and was donated to the Land Trust by William and Catherine Petlock in 2012. There are no immediate parking spots or trails... Read More
This a 15-acre preserve purchased from Paul Young in 1999. Mr. Young still resides next to and manages the preserve. Access is by permission only. The preserve is a limestone ledge forest. The pond is not part of the preserve.
The Van Campen preserve was donated by Robert Engelstad in 1983. The Van Campen preserve consists of two parcels on either side of Van Campen lane that total just over 12 acres. It abuts Putnam Park on one side and the land Trust’s Arrowhead preserve on the other side. There... Read More
Ivy Mountain Forest is comprised of two parcels of land totaling 4.558 acres, donated by Gary Michaels in 2011. The parcels are landlocked but are accessed by a trail system located behind Wild Oaks Condominium or a steep hillside climb from the east Swamp Trail. This preserve is an oak forest... Read More
.02 acres donated by Town of Bethel in 1999. Yes, .02 acres. Honey Hollow is a road right of way extending into the Bethel Educational Park. Forested. currently no trail, but may provide through trail access to trails in the Educational Park.
This three-acre preserve was donated by Carol and George Correard in 2002. It has existed as open space for many years, and is preserved as a wildlife sanctuary. The preserve itself encompasses three acres, primarily of sugar maple forest. It is accessible via a foot-only travel easement along a five-foot... Read More
Three joined properties from the Nature Conservancy, Norwalk Savings, and Wormser family totally 82 acres. Marked trail system (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)... Read More
Imbrogno is a small preserve 1.872 acres in size, donated by Margaret Imbrogno and Catherine Longo in 2002. A portion of the preserve abuts a private pond. Currently, there is not a trail and there is no public access.
The Joyce Dixon preserve combines together two properties along Dibble Brook into one 4.5 acre preserve. Kurt Hersher donated the first part in 1987 and Mary Dibble donated the rest in 1992. The preserve is a red maple swamp with a seasonal ponds. No trails as it is a swamp.... Read More
In 2013, the Town of Bethel acquired 72 acres of former farm land from the Franc family and designated it as protected open space. The Bethel Land Trust and other volunteers, including Eagle Scout candidates, created 2 miles of hiking trails, installed bridges, nature interpretive signs, and a kiosk. BLT... Read More
The Bethel Land Trust worked with the Redding Land Trust in the initial stages of development to find the best site for an adequate parking lot. We also helped build the kiosk which is modeled after the kiosk in Wolfpit Preserve. The Stephenson Preserve trail starts at the parking lot... Read More
Arrowhead Preserves – comprises of two separate parcels, one 10.662 acres, the other 4.42 acres, donated by Arrowhead Hills, LLC in 1999. Both are mixed-age hardwood forests with some seasonal wetlands. The larger preserve abuts another one of our preserves located on Van Campen Lane. The smaller preserve abuts Putnam... Read More
The Enchanted Trail stretches across Wolfpit Preserve, the Bethel Educational park, Boardwalk, and into East Swamp and eventually connects to the Bennet Property, Meckauer Park, and crosses to the Libby Kellogg preserve. It passes thorugh a mix of Bethel Land Trust properties and public land. After end of boardwalk, continue... Read More
1 acre donated by Anthony and Margaret Hoyt. Oak and hickory 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.
Skyedge was donated by Target Corporation in Bethel in 2004. It is 3 acres of mixed meadow and mixed hardwood forest. There are bluebird boxes installed here, so a good spot for spotting meadow birds. It currently does not have any trails, but does have a small parking area.
This 21.094 acres preserve was donated by Golden Wood and T.D. & Sons and is primarily a lowland maple forest with seasonal wetlands. Currently, there are no trails due to extensive multiflora rose and wetlands.
Shelly Preserve is a small one-acre hickory forest donated by Anthony and Margaret Hoyt in 1995. The preserve is located at the end of Shelly Road and is located adjacent to the Newtown Forest Association’s Brunot Preserve. There is easy parking on a cul-de-sac.