Paffard Woods

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

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

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