Col. Alfred McCormack Conservation Preserve
- Redding Land Trust
- Intersection of Picketts Ridge Road and Georrge Hull Hill Road
- Absolutely no public access between October 1 and February 15
- Currently limited on shoulder of road at Entrance
- 1. Tommy's trail 0.5 mi
2. Main Trail 0.4 mi
3. Claude's Trail 0.4 mi
4. Sanford's Trail 0.2 mi
6. Roger's Trail 0.4 mi
7. Rossi's Trail 0.3 mi
8. No Name Trail 0.4 mi
Background: In 1936, shortly after becoming partner at the New York law firm of Cravath, de Gersdorff, Swaine & Wood, Alfred McCormack bought 238 acres in Redding, with the intent to build a house at the top of Picketts Ridge.
But soon he was commissioned a Colonel in the Military Intelligence Service, becoming the Director of Military Intelligence in 1944. Col. McCormack was rewarded with the Distinguished Service Medal for his overall contribution to the Allied victory and an ability to inspire with his driving spirit of perfection. He was also named an Honorary Commander, Order of the British Empire, for work in coordinating U.S. and British intelligence and received an honorary knighthood from the Queen of Britain for his service during World War II.
One of his wartime colleagues asked for permission to use the property for hunting, and the Stamford Fish & Game club has been using the property ever since. and will continue to use the property from October 1 to February 15 until February 2024. Col. McCormack's sons generously donated the property to the Redding Land Trust in 2019. A provision of the donation is that the Stamford Fish and Game club will continue to have access to the property from October 1 thru February 15 each year until February 2024.
Key Features:This preserve is dominated by a glacial drumlin (hill) known as Picketts Ridge, with views in all directions in the winter, with gentle slopes to the North and South. The eastern border a half mile or so of Saugatuck River waterfront.
Seven existing trails meander into the center of the preserve. Trail 2 brings one to the top of the drumlin. Trail 4 ends near a picturesque curve and a large beaver dam on the Saugatuck. Connecting trailwork is planned.
Please note, there is no public access between October 1 and February 15. ❧