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Spring Guided Hike - 2021

In Partnership with the Woodcock Nature Center
 Hikes were held on Saturday, May 15 & 22, 2021 

Explore Your Backyard!

Learn about Wilton's environment by walking through it with staff naturalists. 

A Spring Guided Hike 

Co-Hosted by the WLCT and the Woodcock Nature Center

 Saturday, May 15 & 22, 2021

HikeDateTimesHiker LimitRegistration link
1Saturday 05/15/2021
9:00 - 10:30 am
18Register Here
2Saturday 05/15/2021
11:30 - 1:00 am
18Register Here
3Saturday 05/22/2021
9:00 - 10:30 am
18Register Here

Where and parking:

The hike starts and ends at the Harrison Smith Preserve trailhead. 

Please park at the trailhead parking lot located on Ridgefield Road between 688 and 704 Ridgefield Road. 

***Please leave your furry friends at home.***



To ensure proper social distancing: each hike is limited to just 18 participants. Masks and physical distancing are required of all participants attending this program. Anyone not cooperating with this practice can be asked to leave. Registration is required, and tickets are first-come, first-serve. If there is a high enough demand, we may open an afternoon hike on May 22.


The hike is set for drizzle or shine. In the event of thunderstorms, or unsafe conditions, the hike may be rescheduled. 


Why go guided?

This guided hike offers its guests the unique opportunity to fully experience the area, maximize their time by going with experts, learn about nature and wildlife in Wilton, and the role we can play in protecting it. Our guests consistently tell us that the people on their hike added tremendously to their enjoyment. Each stop has been carefully assessed to ensure that participants experience various landscapes, ecosystems, and lots of scenic beauty: so bring your cameras!


About the Harrison Smith Preserve: 

In 1974, the Smith family kindly donated the 23-acre property to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. The Preserve contains numerous rock outcroppings, streams, cliffs, and boardwalks.

Kiosk and Trail Map:

Map of Harrison Smith Preserve


What can I expect to see and learn on the hike?

  • Our hour and a half guided hike is designed to illuminate diverse wildlife, native plants, invasive plants, and rural beauty.
  • Throughout the tour, hikers will learn about forest, meadow, and riparian ecosystems. 
  • Participants will gain amazing sights and insights into Wilton's land-use history, native plants, and possibly spot some wildlife.  


Health and safety: 

We want all of our guests to enjoy their time as much as possible. To ensure comfort, maximum enjoyment, and relaxation, all participants should be able to participate in a moderate short-duration hike. 

What do I need to bring?

  • Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toed walking shoes.
  • Tick or bug repellent. 
  • Stay hydrated by packing a water bottle. *There are no restrooms.
  • Don't forget to bring a camera and binoculars to enhance your experience and viewing pleasure. 
  • Weather depending, you may want to bring a rain jacket. 
  • Anything needed to make you comfortable and happy.