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Sheep Farm

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Publication: theday.com

Published July 07. 2011 4:00AM   Updated May 02. 2013 11:15AM
Dana Jensen/The Day
An insect prepares to land on a flower in a meadow at the Sheep Farm property in Groton.

Town: Groton

Directions: Take I-95 N to Exit 88. Turn right on Rt. 117 S. Take a left on Hazelnut Hill Road. Park is on the right.

Where to Park: A designated parking lot is on right side of the road marked by "Sheep Farm" sign.

Description: The Sheep Farm, a 63-acre tract, features approximately two miles of trails through a diverse terrain. The farm includes remnants of agricultural and industrial operations, including an early 18th century gristmill along Fort Hill Brook and the Samuel Edgecomb House. Edgecomb's son became famous for his efforts to fight off British troops during the Revolutionary War by throwing 18-pound shots over the walls of Fort Griswold.

Regulations: Dogs on leash allowed. Biking allowed on the blue trail.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: Mountain laurel forest, meadows, wetlands and vernal ponds. Fort Hill Brook bisects the property. Multiple waterfalls, including a 10-footer.

Fees: Free.

Things to Note: Open year-round. Watch for poison ivy.

Owned by: Groton Open Space Association

More information: www.gosaonline.org


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