Montville Conservation Center

A fork in the hiking trail at the Montville Conservation Center.
A fork in the hiking trail at the Montville Conservation Center. Dana Jensen/The Day

Montville Conservation Center

Town: Montville

Directions: Take I-395 North to exit 79. Take a right at end of ramp onto Route 163. Take a left onto Chesterfield Road. At four-way stop go straight. The gravel parking area to the conservation center is on the right across from the Montville Public School District's bus garage. Entrance is before the Leonard J. Tyl Middle School (on the left).

Where to Park: Park in the small gravel/dirt lot at the trail head.

Description: A 42.84-acre preserve located on the backside of the former Fair Oaks School property. The property includes a small pond with a resident beaver, a few bat houses and ample flora and fauna. It is used often by high school athletes as a place to run.

Regulations: Mountain bikes are allowed and while there is no set policy on dogs it is preferred that they be on a leash.

Amenities: Benches along some of the trails.

Natural Features: Small pond, several types of trees and shrubs, wildlife.

Fees: None.

Owned by: Town of Montville

A fern glows in the sun at the Montville Conservation Center.
A fern glows in the sun at the Montville Conservation Center. Dana Jensen/The Day
Bridge over a stream on the hiking trail.
Bridge over a stream on the hiking trail. Dana Jensen/The Day
Flowers at the edge of a pond.
Flowers at the edge of a pond. Dana Jensen/The Day
A pond at the Montville Conservation Center.
A pond at the Montville Conservation Center. Dana Jensen/The Day
Lily pads on a pond.
Lily pads on a pond. Dana Jensen/The Day

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