Manchester Land Conservation Trust
Manchester, East Hartford, Bolton, Vernon, Andover, & Glastonbury
Shout out to the MLCT! These guys really made me work to find which of their properties are trailed. I won’t dwell on it too much, because they may update the way they present their trails online someday and then I’ll have no complaints.
In the spring of 1972 the Land Trust came into existence as a tax-exempt community organization to: “Engage in and otherwise promote for the benefit of the general public, the preservation and conservation of natural resources of the Town of Manchester, including water resources, swamps, woodland, and open spaces, and the plant and animal life therein, and unique scenic, natural sites and historic sites…and to use all property held or controlled…for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the Town of Manchester and exclusively for the conservational, recreational, educational, scientific and historic purposes….”
Most of the trailed property is in Manchester, with a few forays into Glastonbury, Vernon, and Bolton. I’ve done far too much research into which of the MCLT properties are “hikeable” and my list below is the result.
The Preserves and Hikes:
Risley Pond & Box Mountain
MJ Williams Park
Alba Pavan Nature Preserve
Bush Hill Farm
Cheney Rail Trail
Griswold Park on Hills Street
Lombardo Farm (Potential future trail)
Purdy Nature Trail
Spring St.- Hayden L. Griswold