Ledyard Glacial Park

The Ledyard Glacial Park trailhead on Whalehead Road.
The Ledyard Glacial Park trailhead on Whalehead Road. Peter Huoppi/The Day

Ledyard Glacial Park

Town: Ledyard

Directions: Take I-95 to exit 88. Go north on Route 117 for 3.8 miles. Turn left on Sandy Hollow Road and go 2.2 miles. Turn left on Whalehead Road and go 0.4 miles.

Where to Park: A dirt parking lot is located just off the Whalehead Road to the right.

Description: A short loop trail winds through stunning rock formations created 13,000 years ago by a melting glacier. You will walk past (and sometimes climb over) boulders ranging in size from beach balls to buses. The main loop trail of about 3/4 mile rises up about 150 feet before dropping down into a ravine through a field of boulders. An alternate loop of similar length skirts the edge of the boulder moraine.

Regulations: None posted.

Amenities: Benches overlooking the boulders.

Natural Features: The boulder field is part of an end moraine: a rocky belt stretching for several miles across the town. The moraine was formed when the edge of a melting glacier stopped for a period of time, depositing a pile of rocky debris in one location.

Fees: Free.

Things to Note: The trail can be hard to follow. Pay attention to blue blazes on trees and rocks. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, as the trail through the boulder field requires climbing over and around boulders that are 3-4 feet tall.

Owned by: Town of Ledyard

More information: www.ledyardrec.org

 Blooming mountain laurel hangs over the trail in Ledyard Glacial Park.
Blooming mountain laurel hangs over the trail in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Looking down on the boulder moraine in Ledyard Glacial Park.
Looking down on the boulder moraine in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Medium-sized boulders in Ledyard Glacial Park.
Medium-sized boulders in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
A bench overlooking the moraine in Ledyard Glacial Park.
A bench overlooking the moraine in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
A blue-blazed tree surrounded by boulders in Ledyard Glacial Park.
A blue-blazed tree surrounded by boulders in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Stepping from boulder to boulder on the trail in Ledyard Glacial Park.
Stepping from boulder to boulder on the trail in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
 The trail winds through rocks of various sizes in Ledyard Glacial Park.
The trail winds through rocks of various sizes in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
A blue blaze on a large boulder in Ledyard Glacial Park.
A blue blaze on a large boulder in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day
One of the more interesting rock formations in Ledyard Glacial Park.
One of the more interesting rock formations in Ledyard Glacial Park. Peter Huoppi/The Day

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