Connecticut Audbon Society
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

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.

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Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Sanctuary Rules


Trail Wood Non-Fiction Book Club
Sunday, January 27 & February 24, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Lead by avid non-fiction reader and Hampton resident Jacqueline Jacobsohn, the Book Club will combine lively book discussions and leisurely walks on the trails. First book: Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.


After School Nature Club
Trail Wood Session–Grades K-6
Wednesdays, Jan 16 & 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 & 20 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them to Trail Wood. After a quick snack, we will head out on the trails to explore and search for animal tracks and sign. The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way.  We will go outside, so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Fee for the 6-day session: $60 CAS members; $70 non-members.

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Winter Nature Writing Workshop
Sunday, February 3, 2 p.m.
(Snow date: Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.)

Alison Davis, a dear friend of Edwin and Nellie Teale, and an accomplished nature writer, will lead this program. Learn about the Teale’s, their love of nature and Edwin’s extraordinary writing career, while working on your own verse. All levels of experience welcome. Location to be determined dependent on weather. Registration is required – call 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Winter Poetry Walk
Sunday, February 17, 2 p.m.

Join Hampton resident John Wertam, a Trail Wood and poetry enthusiast, for a winter walk at Trail Wood, stopping as whimsy and circumstance dictate to experience nature and read poetry that tries to capture our love of the outdoors. If you are so inclined, bring a copy of your favorite poem that relates to the feeling and awe of being in the presence of nature, put it in your back pocket and maybe we will get a chance to share it. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

The 2019 Teale Summer Writer
& Artist In-Residence Program

Applications are being accepted now through March 15.

Download the Application


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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