Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Middlesex Land Trust Hikes In New Preserve

The Mica Ledges preserve in southern Durham is the destination for a hike organized by The Middlesex Land Trust, in partnership with Everyone Outside. This is the first in a series of guided hikes and environmental educational to enjoy and learn about the Land Trust’s latest preserve.

Family Hike – Sunday, May 22 at 1 PM
Join us for a fun, easy 2-mile, family hike where we will spend some time exploring the area around the beautiful Whitney Pond and check out the Selectmen’s Stones.

Trails Day Family Hike – Saturday, June 4 at 10 AM
Join us for a fun, 2.5 mile, mildly strenuous family hike. Enjoy the beautiful woods as well as the view from the mica studded rock outcroppings.

Trails Day Hike for Women – Sunday, June 5 at 1 PM
Come for a Woman of the Woods Hike especially for adult women. Enjoy a hike through beautiful woodlands, views from the rocky cliffs, and the serenity of Whitney Pond.

To register for the hikes or for more information, please visit or contact Lucy Meigs at or 860-395-7771.

88-acre Mica Ledges Preserve
The 88-acre Mica Ledges Preserve is a beautiful and permanently protected open space that is open to everyone. The easiest access is from the parking lot at the end of Cream Pot Rd. Following a dirt road about ½ a mile you reach the beautiful 6-acre Whitney Pond - a great place for a picnic or for just enjoying nature. On the blue-blazed Mattabessett Trail located to the west (now part of the New England Trail), in less than a mile you reach exposed mica studded ledges with a magnificent vistas south to Long Island Sound and west to the trap rock ridges. Don’t miss the caves and fascinating rock formations created by the cliffs and boulder field on the eastern side of Mica Ledges. It is a great place to explore. For a map of Mica Ledges see

The Middlesex Land Trust is a private not-for-profit volunteer run organization, with the mission to preserve open space in Northern Middlesex County. With about 1000 acres protected in 50 preserves, the Middlesex Land Trust is constantly working to ensure that these lands remain in open space for the benefit and enjoyment of all. To reach the Middlesex Land Trust please contact David Brown at (860) 343-7537, or visit

Everyone Outside is a Non-profit organization that offers outside activities and guided hikes, school-yard enrichment programs, nature field trips for elementary school students, outside after-school programs, and a volunteer program.

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