Avery Preserve

A rustic bridge near the Mill Pond Dam.
A rustic bridge near the Mill Pond Dam. Jennifer Sammons/The Day

Avery Preserve

Town: Ledyard

Directions: Take I-95 to Route 12 north. Turn right on Stoddards Wharf Rd. In about a mile, turn left on Avery Hill Rd. Preserve is about 1/4 mile up the road, straddling both sides of the road.

Where to Park: There is a small parking lot on the east side of Avery Hill Road that holds 3-4 cars.

Description: The 1 1/2 mile orange loop trail is a well-marked, easy trail, with several interesting features to explore, including an old sheep-washing pen and the beautiful cascades at Mill Pond Dam. The white and yellow inner trails offer some variety for shorter loop hikes.

Regulations: Open dawn to dusk; dogs must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet at all times; passive recreational uses – hiking, birdwatching, photography – are permitted.

Amenities: Bench located at Mill Pond Dam.

Natural Features: Billings-Avery Brook, the Mill Pond Dam, a large beech tree specimen and a rhododendron grove on East Tract.

Fees: Free. Users of properties are encouraged to become members in Avalonia, as there are costs associated with maintenance. Membership forms at: http://www.avalonialandconservancy.org/DONORS-MEMBERSINFO.html

Owned by: Avalonia Land Conservancy

More information: www.avalonialandconservancy.org

Avery Preserve in Ledyard is open dawn to dusk.
Avery Preserve in Ledyard is open dawn to dusk. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
The main orange trail is extremely well blazed.
The main orange trail is extremely well blazed. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
This old sheep washing pen lies close to the trailhead.
This old sheep washing pen lies close to the trailhead. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
Blazes are also found on rock walls.
Blazes are also found on rock walls. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
New ferns make an appearance along the trail in spring.
New ferns make an appearance along the trail in spring. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
Several small stream crossings are facilitated with well placed rocks.
Several small stream crossings are facilitated with well placed rocks. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
Some of the small cascades at Mill Pond Dam.
Some of the small cascades at Mill Pond Dam. Jennifer Sammons/The Day
A bench provides a resting point at the scenic falls area.
A bench provides a resting point at the scenic falls area. Jennifer Sammons/The Day

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