Land Trust Preserves and Easements
The New Canaan Land Trust manages close to 400 acres of land across 70 parcels, so there is a good chance that you live near a Land Trust preserve. Use the interactive map below to find an open-to-the-public preserve near you, and use the guidelines at the bottom of the page to ensure that you have a safe and successful outing.
Open Properties: Preserves that are open for visitation are listed in the “Places to Explore” drop-down menu at the top of the page. Each page has information about the preserve’s location, access, history, and often features a downloadable trail map.
Closed Properties: Some of our preserves are not open to the public. Those that are closed may sit on ecologically sensitive sites that cannot handle regular foot traffic (wetlands, ponds, etc.), do not have good access, or are simply too small for us to build a trail. We kindly ask that you do not venture on to these closed preserves without written permission from the New Canaan Land Trust. If you are interested in accessing these preserves for research, education, or other reasons, please contact us.
Dog Policy: We do allow furry friends on our open preserves, and our rules are simple:
- Dogs must be leashed at all times, with the exception of the Watson-Symington Preserve. There, dogs under voice control are allowed to be off-leash from dawn until noon.
- You must pick up any solid waste left by your dog, even if it is deposited off-trail.
- You are responsible for any harm that your dog does to other visitors, their dogs, our property, or our neighbors’ property.
- Please limit the amount of barking so that others may enjoy the natural beauty and sounds of our property.
Other Guidelines: Remember that these preserves were generously given to the land trust so that they could be protected in perpetuity. The Land Trust’s primary responsibility is to protect and steward the land; visitation is a privilege. Help us keep our preserves open to the public by following these guidelines:
- Open preserves should only be visited from dawn until dusk
- Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any Land Trust preserve
- Camping & campfires are prohibited without written permission from the Land Trust
- Only walk on established trails
- Give wildlife an appropriate amount of space
- Leave what you find so that others may enjoy it (…except litter)
- Be considerate to other visitors and our neighbors