Wilton Land Trust's — Open Space & Trails Map
The best way to experience nature is to get out there and enjoy it!
Chestnut Meadows Nature Preserve
Chestnut Meadows Nature Preserve offers visitors a unique and enriching experience. Visitors can observe the 19th-century Daniel Offutt Barn, a historical gem that stands as a testament to the region's rich agricultural heritage. The preserve's meadow trails wind through a picturesque landscape, providing ample opportunities for hikers and nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the area's natural beauty. A notable highlight is the native chestnut tree orchard, where guests can witness the ongoing efforts to restore and preserve this endangered species. With its diverse attractions, Chestnut Meadows Nature Preserve promises a memorable adventure for all who explore its grounds.
Eugenia Slaughter Native Wildflower Meadow
Exploring the Eugenia Slaughter Native Wildflower Meadow along the Nick Parisot Memorial Trail in Wilton unveils a breathtaking vista that encapsulates the town's natural beauty. The trail leads to a robust wildflower meadow, where vibrant blooms paint a picturesque landscape against the backdrop of rolling hills. As you continue your journey, you'll encounter rugged rock walls that add an element of intrigue to the past, showcasing the area's history. The trail eventually opens up to reveal a tranquil pond, surrounded by lush greenery, providing a perfect spot for reflection. This vista, crowned by the breathtaking view it offers, is a testament to Wilton's stunning natural allure.
Marble/Van Haelewyn-Richards Preserve
In 1988, Hendrick Van Haelewyn donated the northern portion of the preserve (27.5 acres) in memory of his mother, Isabel Yardley Marble. The property came into her ownership in 1920. She loved being outside, and Mr. Van Haelewyn wished for the public to enjoy the open space as much as she did. In 1993, the southern part of the preserve (17 acres) passed into Land Trust ownership by the three children of Mariana Richards in memory of their mother. The two properties are now part of one dynamic, intertwined landscape.
Harrison Smith Preserve
The Harrison Smith Preserve combines the beauty of the New England Woodland with historical glimpses of Wilton in a bygone era. It was created in 1974 when the Smith family generously donated the land to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. The northernmost section of the Smith Preserve borders Quarry Head. Smith Preserve and Quarry Head together give citizens of Wilton a combined area of nearly 60 acres of open space, with interconnecting trails for passive recreation and spiritual refreshment.
Developed by Wallace Lee & the WLT
The WLT partnered with volunteer Wallace Lee to map all of Wilton's open spaces and trails. We've created this advanced interactive online map, making all of Wilton's open space and trails. Explore our new map for easy trail discovery, and immerse yourself in Wilton's picturesque landscapes.