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Sat., May 6

Canoe and Kayak Paddle of Upper Bolton Lake in Vernon – 9:00 AM

Take a leisurely tour of this pristine lake setting, perfect for bird-watching, photo opportunities, or just a quiet morning enjoying the outdoors. Meet at the boat launch area off Hatch Hill Road at 9:00 AM. Must bring your own boat, paddles, and life vests. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for more information.


Sun. May 7

Hike on McCann Family Farm – 10:00 AM

Comfortable trail walk thru field and forest. Wild flowers and good bird-watching habitat.  Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83. For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487.


Sun. May 14

Mother's Day Hike at Nipmuck Woods – Family Hike in Stafford – 10:00 AM

Leisurely one mile walk on the Nipmuck Adventure Path. We will be stopping along the way for stories and exploring the natural world including two very impressive glacial erratic boulders. Good event for families with children as well as anyone who enjoys being around children. If some prefer a longer hike, we will split the group with those that wish hiking the newly created Woodland Trail.

Meet at the large pull-off on the south side of Rt. 190 a short distance past Rockwell Road, east of the center of Stafford Springs. For questions or additional information, contact trip leader Richard Bailey, 860-559-3901, dweezle-ct3@att.net.


Sat. June 3

Trails Weekend – 10:00 AM

We will follow blazed trails through the Land Trust’s premier 200+ acre, Whitaker Woods property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture. This approximately 2 ½ mile hike will be scenic, with bridge crossings and beautifully constructed and well-preserved stone walls. We will discuss the natural and land use history as well as local wildlife along the way.

Meet behind the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190, near the intersection of Rt. 83 in the center of Somers. We will car pool to the trailhead. For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487, albert_grant@sbcglobal.net.


Sun Sept 10

Bald Mtn. Preserve, Somers – 10:00 AM

We will hike through two Land Trust properties as well as Town of Somers and State of CT properties. These comprise the Bald Mountain Preserve, which includes the entire summit of the tallest of the surrounding mountains. The trails are steep and rocky in some places but not difficult with good shoes. The distance will be about 2 ½ miles.

Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St. Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83. For questions contact Albert Grant 860, 623-5487.


Sun., October 8

Skyline Scenic Area – 10:00 AM

Foliage hike with great views of the valley to the west. The distance will be about 2 1/2 miles, up and downhill. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St.to car pool. For questions call Albert Grant, 860-623-5487.


Sun., October 15

Fall foliage along Railroad Brook Gorge in Vernon – 9:00 AM

Hike thru the Trust’s Andrew Webster Knapp property to the Rails-to-trails, then up to the ridge overlooking Valley Falls Park and Railroad Brook for some beautiful scenery. Fairly challenging walk with up and down steep slopes, 1 to 1 ½ hours. Meet at the Valley Falls parking lot off Valley Falls Road at 9:00 AM. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for further information.