Ames Preserve

An upward view of trees shading the trails.
An upward view of trees shading the trails. Jenna Cho/The Day

Ames Preserve

Town: Old Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 70. Take a right off the exit ramp to get on Route 1/Boston Post Road. Right on Whippoorwill Road.

Where to park: There is a decent-sized parking lot adjacent to International Coach Works, at 103 Whippoorwill Road. Note that house numbers run out of sequence at one point; keep an eye out for the sign for International Coach Works on your left.

Description: The three or four trails at Ames Preserve provide a variety of options for a 30-minute hike through the woods. There is a large bog on the property and plenty of small bodies of water – including the Bucky Brook – that at times will require hikers to leap or walk over carefully arranged tree trunks and wooden board. Birds are abundant, but unfortunately, so is highway traffic noise.

Amenities: None

Fees: Free

Good to know: Map at entrance is more elaborate than printed map, so it's a good idea to take a photo of this map on digital camera and refer to it during the hike. The green trail runs through private property, and a wrong turn can shoot you straight onto a private residential road.

Owned by: Town of Old Lyme and Old Lyme Conservation Trust

More information:
www.old-lymeconservtrust.org (page 6 of PDF)


The entrance to Ames Preserve is always gated; simply walk around the wooden gate.
The entrance to Ames Preserve is always gated; simply walk around the wooden gate. Jenna Cho/The Day
Wear good sneakers or hiking boots, as you’ll be jumping over several wet areas, including this brook.
Wear good sneakers or hiking boots, as you’ll be jumping over several wet areas, including this brook. Jenna Cho/The Day
The map at the entrance is more elaborate than printed map, so it's a good idea to take a photo of this map on a digital camera and refer to it during the hike.
The map at the entrance is more elaborate than printed map, so it's a good idea to take a photo of this map on a digital camera and refer to it during the hike. Jenna Cho/The Day
A series of tree trunks and wooden boards allow hikers to walk over wet areas without getting too muddy.
A series of tree trunks and wooden boards allow hikers to walk over wet areas without getting too muddy. Jenna Cho/The Day
A leaf hangs on through the long winter.
A leaf hangs on through the long winter. Jenna Cho/The Day

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