Hartman Park

One of the beaver lodges on Mill Pond is easily visible from the Beaver Pond Loop Trail.
One of the beaver lodges on Mill Pond is easily visible from the Beaver Pond Loop Trail. Judy Benson/The Day

Hartman Park

Town: Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 70, straight off ramp, following signs to Rt. 156; pass shopping centers; at second light turn right onto 156 West towards Hamburg; about 6.6 miles to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road; about 1 mile to park entrance on the right.

Where to Park: There is parking for several cars in front of and to the right of the entrance gate.

Description: More than 300 acres with about 10 miles of trails through woodlands, fields and wetlands. Archeological sites dating from Colonial times can be found throughout the park. Trail maps can be found at kiosks at the park and at Lyme Town Hall on Route 156. The park's eastern border adjoins Nehantic State Forest (East Lyme section). Most trails are easy to moderate, though there are some steep ledges and some trail sections are prone to flooding.

Regulations: Horseback riding, mountain bikes, dogs on leashes allowed.

Amenities: Outdoor classroom near entrance with seating, sign-in board and map; outhouse near classroom. Green "Fairy Circles" trail is specially designed for children.

Natural Features: Beaver lodges and dams can be seen on ponds in park. From the orange trail, hikers can access East Lyme section of Nehantic State Forest. Nice mix of woodlands, grasslands and early successional habitats.

Fees: Free.

Good to know: Remains of farmsteads and settlements from Colonial era found throughout park; see Web site for Heritage Trail brochure with information about some of the sites.

Owned by: Town of Lyme

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