Connecticut Audbon Society
Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

News & Visitor Information for Trail Wood Sanctuary

Bequeathed to The Connecticut Audubon Society by Pulitzer Prize winning author, photographer and naturalist Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie, Trail Wood is located at 93 Kenyon Road in Hampton and is open to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset.

The property is 168 acres with close to 4 miles of trails encompassing mature forest, abandoned pastureland, a three-acre beaver pond, a year-round running brook, and lowland swamps. There is excellent birding, with 88 species having been identified in the sanctuary.

Highlights of a visit includes a screened in observation pavilion over-looking pond, Edwin’s “brushpile study” an outdoor office and observation blind, beaver pond observation areas, Edwin’s insect garden with sundial, and a small rustic information center.

Nature and art and writing programs are offered throughout the year. Edwin Way Teale’s study and writing cabin are open by appointment.

The public is invited to participate at Trail Wood, many volunteer opportunities are available: trail work; repairs of structures; leading walks; or running a creative or nature programs. If you would like to volunteer, please call The Center at Pomfret at (860) 928-4948 for information or email

Get Inspired! Book Edwin Way Teale’s Writing Cabin!

Need time to concentrate on your work, writing or art project? Book a day of creative solitude in Edwin Way Teale’s rustic off-the-grid writing cabin by the pond. Dates available from April through November. Fee per day: $30 CAS members only. Email or call 860-928-4948.

April Vacation Camp: Hike, Bike & Bio-Blitz!

Tuesday, April 20 – Thursday, April 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12

For details and registration form click here or call 860-928-4948. 



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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