Avery Tract

Afternoon sun brightens a clearing in the Avery Tract.
Afternoon sun brightens a clearing in the Avery Tract. Judy Benson/The Day

Avery Tract

Town: Waterford

Directions: From I-95 northbound, take Exit 83, left at end of ramp, up hill to intersection, then right at light onto Route 32; go about 2 miles to right on Scotch Cap Road.

From I-95 southbound, take Exit 84 just over the Gold Star Bridge to Route 32 to right on Scotch Cap Road. Preserve is about one-quarter mile on the left. Look for a small sign tacked to a tree.

Where to Park: Parking on the street.

Description: This mixed hardwood forest of roughly 100 acres is near the banks of the Thames River just north of Smith Cove. The first section of marked trails through the property passes behind a large condominium complex. River and railroad tracks can be seen through the trees, but there is no direct access to the river. Trails are easy to moderate, with some slopes.

Regulations: Dogs on a leash allowed; no horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: Some large rock cliffs on the red trail. Some unique tree species that are the remnants of the former owner's tree farm can be found in the interior of the property.

Fees: Free.

Things to note: Area lacks a dedicated parking area, so cars must be left on the street. Land trust is seeking members to help manage its properties in Waterford and Montville.

Owned by: Westfarms Land Trust

More information: www.westfarmslandtrust.org

The first part of the trails are marked with green arrows.
The first part of the trails are marked with green arrows. Judy Benson/The Day
There are two main trails through the property.
There are two main trails through the property. Judy Benson/The Day
Railroad tracks run along the banks of the Thames River.
Railroad tracks run along the banks of the Thames River. Judy Benson/The Day
Stone cliffs can be found off the red trail.
Stone cliffs can be found off the red trail. Judy Benson/The Day
Trails are marked with painted circles or colored metal discs.
Trails are marked with painted circles or colored metal discs. Judy Benson/The Day
A sapling grows out of the top of one of the rock cliffs.
A sapling grows out of the top of one of the rock cliffs. Judy Benson/The Day

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