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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.
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)