Colhoun Preserve

Location: Southwestern New Canaan, along Davenport Ridge Road

Access: Visitors should park in the gravel parking area, located directly across from 203 Davenport Ridge Road, through a wooden gate.

Date Protected: 1974     Acreage: 21     Trail Length: 0.8 miles

Visitation Hours: Dawn to Dusk     Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash

History: The Colhoun Preserve was donated to NCLT by Richard and Damaris Colhoun in the fall of 1974. Originally part of a large dairy farm, the property contains four parcels that, together, form the shape of a lower-case “h”. The property still conjures images of its bucolic past, with a classic New England stone wall at its front, and a 2-acre meadow surrounded by woodlands.

Recreation Opportunities:  NCLT has established, and continues to maintain a walking trail at the Colhoun Preserve. The scenic trail begins at the meadow, meanders through wetlands, and creates a loop through a mature beech forest. A second trail is currently under construction, and will enable visitors to explore the eastern portion of the property. In recent years, scouts have helped to improve the property through the construction of raised walkways, benches, and gates.

Land Stewardship: Much of the stewardship work on this property focuses around the wildflower meadow. By planting native wildflowers, removing invasive species, and installing nesting boxes for bluebirds, we have created a small oasis for pollinators and a number of migratory birds. On Earth Day 2014, NCLT planted the Pin Oak in the center of the meadow to provide additional food sources and nesting opportunities. In 2018, NCLT completed its year-long restoration of the stone wall at the entrance to the property, and was subsequently awarded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance’s “President’s Preservation Award” for this work.