The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided hike at the Turkey Hill Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 7. People should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 300 Derby Milford Road. This is opposite Turkey Hill Road.
This is Orange’s largest open space site, with 376 acres offering the most varied experiences for the visitor. An old growth core forest is dotted with ledges, ridges, vernal pools, gorges, streams, ponds, shallow waterways, and a 100′ hill that the land trust calls steep but hikeable. It is populated by a wide variety of plant life and wildlife.
This moderate to challenging hike will include information on the historical highlights of the area.
Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. The land trust recommends hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A good hiking stick or trekking pole(s) also can be helpful.
As was the case last fall, the Orange Land Trust will team up with the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team. The CERT members will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.
According to the Orange Land Trust, this volunteer-conducted free hike is not at all difficult for those who are sure-footed and fit, and presents an opportunity to reconnect with our town’s history and beauty. All are welcome and are encouraged to bring a friend.
Only steady rain showers will cancel the event.
For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.