Paffard Woods

Bridges constructed by volunteers carry hikers across some sections of trail that can be muddy.
Bridges constructed by volunteers carry hikers across some sections of trail that can be muddy. Judy Benson/The Day

Paffard Woods

Town: Stonington

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 91 (Route 234), right onto 234 West (Pequot Trail), left onto North Main Street. Entrance to Paffard Woods is about two miles ahead on the right.

Where to Park: There is parking for several cars at a small unpaved lot beside the trailhead.

Description: A blue-blazed trail affords mostly easy hiking through 62-acres of woodlands and wetlands interspersed with stone walls.

Regulations: Open sunrise to sunset; dogs must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet at all times; passive recreational uses – hiking, birdwatching, photography – are permitted. No bikes or horses.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: In addition to the wooded areas where the trails are located, the preserve also protects grasslands that are important for migratory and ground-nesting birds. Its proximity to Quanaduck Cove also makes this an important area for birds.

Fees: None. Users of properties are encouraged to become members in Avalonia, as there are costs associated with maintenance. Membership forms are available at: http://www.avalonialandconservancy.org/DONORS-MEMBERSINFO.html

Things to Note: Due to many wetlands and streams on the property, trails are often muddy in spots.

Owned by: Avalonia Land Conservancy

More information: www.avalonialandconservancy.org

The entrance to Paffard Woods is off North Main Street in Stonington.
The entrance to Paffard Woods is off North Main Street in Stonington. Judy Benson/The Day
There are several wetlands throughout the property.
There are several wetlands throughout the property. Judy Benson/The Day
Ferns grow on a moss-covered rock in one of the wetlands.
Ferns grow on a moss-covered rock in one of the wetlands. Judy Benson/The Day
Roots of a large tree are exposed by erosion.
Roots of a large tree are exposed by erosion. Judy Benson/The Day
Bridges constructed by volunteers carry hikers across some sections of trail that can be muddy.
Bridges constructed by volunteers carry hikers across some sections of trail that can be muddy. Judy Benson/The Day
Stone walls remain from the property's former use as a dairy farm.
Stone walls remain from the property's former use as a dairy farm. Judy Benson/The Day
Stone walls remain from the property's former use as a dairy farm.
Stone walls remain from the property's former use as a dairy farm. Judy Benson/The Day
There are several wetlands throughout the property.
There are several wetlands throughout the property. Judy Benson/The Day

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