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Ayer's Gap

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Publication: theday.com

Published October 05. 2011 4:00AM   Updated October 05. 2011 11:49AM
Judy Benson/The Day
The entrance to Ayer's Gap is located off Route 207 in Franklin.

Ayer's Gap

Town: Franklin

Directions: Take I-395 north to Route 2 west. Take Exit 25 to Route 32 north; at traffic light turn onto Route 207 towards Baltic. Travel about 1.5 miles to entrance, on left.

Where to Park: Parking is on the north side of Route 207, 1.5 miles east of the junction with Route 32.

Description: Ayer's Gap is an 80-acre, rugged parcel with rock outcrops and waterfalls. It takes about 25 minutes at a moderate speed to reach the first waterfall; about 50 minutes to one hour to reach the second. The white-blazed trail, which follows the spine of a ridge, starts just to the right of the preserve sign on Route 207.

Regulations: Open sunrise to sunset; no dogs allowed.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: Bailey's Ravine, an interior gorge in the preserve, is filled with exposed rock outcrops, flowing brooks and waterfalls, hemlocks and hardwoods. Several ponds, wetlands and vernal pools provide habitat for amphibians and wildlife.

Fees: Free.

Things to Note: Trail starts out steep and rugged, but hiking here is mostly of moderate difficulty.

Owned by: The Nature Conservancy

More information: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/connecticut/placesweprotect/ayers-gap-preserve.xml


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