Start the New Year on the Right Foot: Branford Land Trust New Year’s Day Hike

Monday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m.
DeLeo, Pieper, and Queach Properties
156 Laurel Hill Road, Branford

Start off the New Year with fresh air and a hike! Join the Branford Land Trust as we explore the DeLeo, Pieper, and Queach properties on Monday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m. Two hikes will be offered: a longer hike of approximately 3.5 miles (about 2.5 hours) on relatively flat terrain, and a shorter hike, approximately 2 miles (about 90 minutes), on relatively flat terrain. Local naturalists from the BLT and the Town Commission on Parks and Open Space will offer their unique perspectives on this expansive nature preserve. We’ll gather afterwards at Thimble Island Brewery (6 Business Park Drive, Branford), for food, drinks, and conversation.

Please meet at 156 Laurel Hill Road (0.9 miles off of Brushy Plains Road) at the DeLeo parking area (look for the kiosk). There is limited parking so please carpool! No dogs for this event, please.

Please wear appropriate dress and comfortable, supportive walking shoes. Bring water. Walking sticks encouraged for the rocky and leafy terrain. The event is good for kids as young as six or seven. Parents of younger children should use their discretion and be prepared to carry them for parts of the route. (Note: for those who want to walk less than 2 miles, join the shorter hike and just turn around at the ½ mile mark to retrace your steps to back the parking area).

This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverage not included. In the case of inclement weather, please visit or the BLT Facebook page.

The Branford Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, established in 1967 to protect Branford’s open space and natural resources. Run by volunteers and supported by member families and businesses, the Land Trust maintains more than 30 miles of hiking trails, and manages and protects over 1,000 acres in more than 130 parcels and holds conservation easements on another 400 acres in Branford. For more information, visit