This is a moderately difficult, 1.5 hour hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and please leave dogs at home. In case of bad weather, check back here for status.
The hike will begin at the Sun, Wind and Woodlands Preserve. From Route 44, turn onto Indian Hill Road and continue 1.4 miles to the end. Turn right on Breezy Hill Road and continue about .5 miles. About 100 yards past a red house on the left, turn left into the unpaved parking lot.
New England Cottontail Cut Completed at Sun, Wind and Woodland
The forestry work has been completed and we have now reopened the Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve to the public. The cut was intentionally left "messy" with brush piles and slash left behind to provide cover for small mammals and to protect tree seedlings by discouraging deer browse. We look forward to seeing the cut rapidly change as it develops into the brushland habitat needed by New England Cottontails and many species of birds.
While the area is no longer closed, we urge people to stay out of the newly cut area. Please feel free to use the Sun, Wind, and Woodland On the eastern edge of the project, and the unmarked trail on the southwest border of the project. In addition to brush piles which might not be stable, the project deliberately leaves slash on the ground throughout the cut area. This material helps prevent erosion, encourages regrowth, and discourages deer from browsing on the new growth. It is deliberately difficult to walk through, so we urge people to stick to the trails.
For more information and pictures of the forestry work please visit our Photo Gallery