Geared up and ready to hit Oxford’s trails on a glorious early spring day… Just me and my son Damian. Fantastic.
I drove out to route 188 and began searching for the trailheads. First, a slight detour to find Indian Rock on Punkup Road. Success! Off to a good start.
From there, it was back up the hill and over to the land trust’s Appetite Hill property on Wychwood Road. The backroads of Oxford are insane, by the way. Death lurks around every bend. Anyway, there was a trail off of Wychwood that went straight to… someone’s backyard.
Okay then. Over to the Katherine Matthies Woodland Preserve back down the hill and over and around some more crazy roads to Good Hill Road and… nowhere to park, and nowhere to hike. That left the Walter and Katherine Dann Woodland Preserve a short drive away along O’Neill Road and the Eightmile Brook.
Nowhere to park, and I did see a faint trail along the brook but no signage, no nothin’.
Hm. A rather inauspicious trip around the death-defying roads of Oxford. As I texted my wife, “I wouldn’t know these trails didn’t exist if I didn’t try to find them! I’m lookin’ at you, Oxford.”
The CFPA’s Pomperaug Trail does traverse the Fiddlehead Preserve at least. And I was actually able to hike there.