Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

News & Visitor Information for Trail Wood Sanctuary

General Information

Trail Wood is located at 93 Kenyon Road in Hampton and is open to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset. Natural history programs are offered throughout the year. Edwin Way Teale’s study and writing cabin are open by appointment.

There are a wide array of ways for the public to participate at Trail Wood, from trail work to serving on an advisory board. If you would like to volunteer at the Teale sanctuary please call (860) 928-4948 for information and a volunteer application.


Trail Wood Will be Closed for Winter to Allow Forestry Work that Will Increase Safety and Improve Habitat

The Connecticut Audubon Society will close its Trail Wood Sanctuary in Hampton for the winter to allow loggers to safely remove trees that have died or were weakened by damage in recent years by gypsy moths.

The work will make the 168-acre sanctuary safer for hikers while also serving to improve the forest for birds and other wildlife. The project is scheduled to start in mid- December and be completed by March 2018.

Read more here.



Breeding Bird Atlas Volunteer Opportunities

Connecticut Bird Atlas Kick-off
Monday, January 8, 7 p.m., Center at Pomfret
Snow date: Tuesday, January 9, 7 p.m.

The state birding community will be called on to conduct surveys for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project, which gets underway in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut. The Bird Atlas project is also the subject on our upcoming Connecticut State of the Birds report, to be released on December 1.

The goals of the project are to provide information on bird habitats that can then be used to guide conservation and development decisions, and to contribute meaningful data for the state’s Wildlife Action Plan.

The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance; to document changes since the last atlas in the mid 1980s; to understand wintering distribution of the birds in the state; to identify stopover habitat during migrations; to establish predictive relationships where species occur on the landscape; and to use the results and data to create an interactive website. 

The last atlas was published in 1994, based on data collected after years of surveys from 1982 to 1986. This effort was supported by many NHBC members. We hope the members can come out again to support the new effort.

Min Huang is a wildlife biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and heads the Migratory Bird Program for the State.  Min received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and a Bachelor of Art in English from the University of Connecticut and received his Master of Science in Wildlife Management from Frostburg State University.  He received his Ph. D from the University of Connecticut, researching sub-population structure and survival of resident Canada geese.  He has worked as a wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where he managed a wildlife management area, working primarily with deer and various endangered species such as the Florida grasshopper sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, Florida scrub jay, and whooping crane.  He also spent 5 years working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as a District Biologist, where he primarily worked with ungulates and endangered species such as the spotted owl and marbled murrelet.  Current projects he is involved with include nesting success of forest interior songbirds, chimney swift survival and nesting ecology, ruffed grouse habitat use and survival, American kestrel survival, dispersal and migratory stopover habitat use, purple martin survival and dispersal, and multi-stock harvest management of waterfowl.

Cost: FREE 

Richard Telford, Winner of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Richard Telford, whose volunteer work has helped improve Trail Wood in numerous ways, with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award, at the organization’s annual meeting on October 15 in at Deer Pond Farm, Sherman.

Richard was one of four honorees.

He is pictured here with his wife, Melissa, left, and Sarah Heminway, our Northeast Connecticut director. Read more about Richard here.

Trail Wood

Trail Wood, the former home of writer-naturalist Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie, and our Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret, were chosen by the editors of Yankee Magazine as the Best Nature Sanctuaries in Connecticut, in May 2013.

Trail Wood’s 168 acres are open year-round for hiking.

Download the story of Trail Wood here.

For directions, click here

Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Sanctuary Rules



From the junction of Routes 6 and 97: Follow Route 97 north for two miles, through the town of Hampton, turn left onto Kenyon Road. Entrance to Trail Wood is on the left, marked with a sign. Please park on the visitors parking lot.

From the junction of Routes 97 and 44: Follow Route 97 south for 5.2 miles, take sharp right onto Kenyon Road. Entrance to Trail Wood is on the left, marked with a sign. Please park on the visitors parking lot.




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