Hike This Ancient Forest In Connecticut That’s Home To 200-Year-Old Trees

When deciding to hit the trails, we often choose to head straight to one of Connecticut’s popular stunning state parks. But if you want to hike in lesser-known territory, the Ballyhack Preserve might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. This unspoiled natural preserve is home to scenic trails that wind through a 200-year-old forest.

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Take a virtual tour of the beautiful Ballyhack Preserve by watching this short video by YouTube user, Bonnie VanGilder.

The parking area is located at the intersection of Route 125 and Dibble Hill Road in Cornwall. The entrance to the trail for the Ballyhack Preserve is located just past the speed limit sign and identified by a stone marker. Learn more by visiting the Cornwall Preserve Trust website.

Have you ever hiked through this ancient forest? Share your experiences and photos in the comments section below. You can also post your hiking and nature photos in our Connecticut Nature Lovers Group on Facebook. Another attraction that nature enthusiasts and history buffs will love is this one-mile hike to a place left behind by the Nutmeg State’s first residents.