Avery Preserve

A rustic bridge near the Mill Pond Dam.

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

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

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