Spring is Here!

Spring is here! No need to be stuck inside when it is beautiful outside. Our Preserves are open and waiting for you and your family to enjoy. Bring snacks or a picnic! Remember to carry out what you bring in. Getting outside and hiking remains a great option to boost your physical and mental health. Just remember to avoid hiking in large groups and respect distances when approaching other hikers. Always bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Bug spray is also a good idea.


Trail map links on Preserve name and SCROG link below Each map includes directions to the area itself, directions to the trailhead, and the length and location of trails. Before enjoying one of our trails, please be sure to review our Property Use Guidelines.

Short Beach Preserve
The Short Beach Preserve is a 40-acre parcel with rugged rock outcroppings, tall oaks, beeches, extensive groves of mountain laurel, wetlands, and a magnificent bluff offering spectacular views of Talmadge Pond and Long Island Sound.

The Trolley Trail, Goss & Vedder
The Trolley Trail has long been a favorite among Branford residents, offering an intimate view of the tidal wetlands and a chance to observe osprey nesting on one of the many platforms established by the Branford Land Trust. It is complemented by the 15-acred wooded Goss Preserve and the Vedder Preserve along Pleasant Point Road with its remarkable views of Long Island Sound, the salt marsh, the Trolley Trail, and the Thimble Islands.

The Supply Pond & Queach Preserves
These two properties, when combined with the Town’s Pisgah Brook Preserve and Saltonstall Mountain Preserve, comprise more than 800 acres of contiguous open space protecting much of the watershed of the Branford River. The many trails that cover these two properties are favorites among birding, hiking, and mountain biking enthusiasts.

Stony Creek Quarry, Van Wie & Kelley Preserves
The Stony Creek Quarry Preserve, the Van Wie Preserve, and the Brooks R. Kelley Preserve form a contiguous total of more than 480 acres. The large size, combined with rocky ups and downs and occasional piles of granite rubble, make these among the more rugged and remote of the town’s walking areas. These three preserves, combined with the Hoadley Creek Preserve create one of the wildest natural areas in Branford. Near the Quarry Rd. parking lot, the woods are littered with eerie remnants of the quarry days. As one continues, however, civilization recedes and visitors will be impressed by the sheer size of the preserve. Extensive wetlands and streams are interspersed with towering ridgelines, offering one of the most dramatic and secluded walks in town.

Hoadley Creek Preserve
Remarkable and delightful natural features abound on the 111-acre Hoadley Creek. Walks in the Hoadley Creek Preserve are diverse, offering everything from a casual stroll to a more strenuous trek. Flowing brooks, wetlands, open fields, and ragged rock outcrops make for an exciting trip regardless of the trail selected. Those looking for even longer walks can begin at any of the area’s trail heads and continue into Guilford’s vast Westwoods trail system.

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<em>Submitted by Joan Merrick</em>

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