(photo courtesy of Rick Newton)
Pine Swamp Wildlife Corridor protects one of southeastern Connecticut’s major aquifers and comprises three major tracts with multiple sub-tracts, as follows:
North Tract, 162.81 acres, comprising:
- Dow Centennial Preserve, 97.17 acres (1997)
- Slosberg-Anderson Woodlands, 55.98 acres (2003)
- Town of Ledyard transfers, 4 parcels totaling 7.46 acres (2005)
- Town of Ledyard transfers, 2 parcels totaling 2.2 acres (2014)
North Tract trails include a two-mile loop trail and a large power line right-of-way. Ponds, extensive swamps and upland woods. Habitats support all types of plants. Flowers are abundant and birdwatching is excellent. Gravel roads and a low shrub habitat are excellent for rabbits. This tract includes the headwaters of Tom Allyn brook and a
South Tract, 102.11 acres, comprising
- Slosberg-Anderson Woodlands, 94.24 acres (2003)
- Town of Ledyard transfers, 1.31 acres (2005)
- Town of Ledyard transfer, 6.56 acres (2014)
Swampier than the North Tract, the South Tract has a long trail along the west side and protects the water supply for western Ledyard.
Harry Leiser Tract, 56 acres , (2003).
A separate loop trail is maintained on this tract.
Within the Pine Swamp Wildlife Corridor, trails can be accessed via eight trailheads:
- 113 Whalehead Road – parking between Stone Court and Avery Hill Road Ext
- 201 Whalehead Road – Trailhead at end of Merry Lane
- 21 Friar Tuck Drive & 17 Queen Eleanor Drive – Park under power lines
- 40/41 Robin Hood Drive – Park by open lot
- Narrow strip between 13 and 15 Melanie Lane off cul-de-sac.
- 40/41 Robin Hood Drive
- 19 East Drive- Trailhead at end of Hillside Drive.
Harry Leiser Tract:
114 Vinegar Hill Road.