This page will be updated with more details as they become available.
November 24. – First Annual Turkey Waddle – 11 am JRMS parking lot – work off some of that turkey with a 1-hour walk.
February 9 Winter Walk – JRMS parking lot 11 am. We’ll explore the quiet of winter in the woods. Hot cocoa to follow.
April – 7 Annual Meeting – Redding Community Center – 3 pm
April TBD – Mary Anne Guitar Preserve Dedication – Look for details in future emails.
May 18 – Guided Walk – Location TBD
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 15 – Guided Walk – Location TBD
Early July – Butterfly Count
August 24 – Summer celebration
October 1 Lunch on the Ledge. . .
Looking for a way to share the beauty of fall in Redding with friends and family? Take a visit to the Great Ledge – one of the Redding Land Trust’s earliest acquisitions – and a trail that leads to one of the most spectacular views in Redding. It’s a fun trail for families and novices, and takes about 1 hour to complete.
There is parking space for five cars at the Tudor Road end of Dayton Road, across from the trail head.
The trail begins a little way down the first driveway on the left coming from Tudor Road, and begins with a walk over some wood walkways. Follow the white blazes through the woods and over a stone wall, where you come to an intersection and have to choose left or right. The Book of Trails suggests going left for the most dramatic views, so we did, and it did not disappoint. It’s a pretty walk, with mild elevation and dramatic views over the reservoir. There are two spots for a clear view and someone built a nice bench to sit and enjoy the view. This would be a nice spot to bring a lunch on a beautiful day. Continue along the trail, following the white blazes toward the right (there is an intersection with another trail through Devil’s Den, with a white blaze, but continue toward the right).
You can extend your walk by crossing Dayton to the trail that begins on the same side as the parking area. Follow the white blazes across the stone wall, then follow the blue blazes along the hilly, wetlands trail that ends next to the reservoir, with a lovely water view. This additional section takes about 15 minutes each way. The hills are a bit more challenging than the trail to the great ledge, but it offers a different view of the reservoir.. . .
This description of Brinkerhoff Preserve is written by Jeanne Ammermuller, a Redding Land Trust trustee and frequent local hiker who will continue sharing
her experiences on Redding’s trails in the coming months.
Length: just under 3 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: easy/moderate — some changes in elevation, but no scrambling.
Features: woodlands, wetlands and streams, beautiful rock formations
One of the earliest properties acquired by the Redding Land Trust, Brinckerhoff Preserve offers a wide variety of Redding landscapes, all in just a 3-mile loop hike. If you want to show visiting friends what you love about Redding, this trail shows off a lot of the best features.
You access the trailhead just before Farview Farm on Beeholm Road, off Route 107. The trail is on your left and there’s a little gravel pull-off across the street with room for two cars.
All photos are by Redding Land Trust trustee David Heald.
Thank you to our Party by the Pond Sponsors!
Oak Tree Sponsors
All Season Tent & Party Rentals
Anne and Charles Nemetz
The Perry Family
Maple Tree Sponsors
Ancona’s Wines & Liquors
The Ammermullers and Brauns
Bethel Veterinary Hospital
Blue Hammer Creative
Bruce Bennett Nissan
Jeremy Carlson Professional Tree Care
Liz Champagne Designs
Crossfield Concepts, Inc.
The Hixson Family
The Loery Family
My Budget Bath
Nod Hill Brewery
Pembroke Pumping Services
Redding Garden Club
The Redding Beer Company
Uncle Leo’s Not Just Coffee & Donuts
Law Offices of Elizabeth Edwards, LLC.
Friends of Norwalk River Valley Trail
Redding Wines & Spirits
The Spinning Wheel. . .
A few tickets remain for Saturday’s fundraiser, so if you’d like to join in the fun or add some guests, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3529146 to purchase your tickets.
If you already have your tickets, here are a few things you need to know.
- The “Party by the Pond” is Saturday, August 23 from 4-7 pm
- All tickets should be purchased in advance – no need to print a ticket, we will check you in at the site.
- All parking is at 288 Simpaug Turnpike at the Hoyt Scout Camp. Look for the Red White and Blue mailbox.
- Shuttles to the party will start at 3:45. Return shuttles will be available throught the evening.
- The event is on one of the Redding Land Trust’s beautiful, natural properties, so please wear appropriate footwear for uneven terrain – flat shoes with closed toes are encouraged.
See you Saturday!
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