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.


Photo by P. Vertefeuille

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

Need time to concentrate on your 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 Sept. 7 to Nov. 2.

Email TrailWood@ctaudubon.org or call 860-928-4948
Fee per day: $30 CAS members only. Become a member today!

Walk Our Trails!

The Bafflin Sanctuary remains open to the public from dawn to dusk.
To minimize wildlife disturbance, we ask all walkers to stay on designated trails.

What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds

The best advice is to leave baby birds, like this Purple Martin, when you found them. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

The CT DEEP has excellent advice for what to do if you find an “orphaned” bird. Click this link. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

May 6, 2020 — Have you found an abandoned bird?

Birds and other wildlife that seem to be abandoned or orphaned at this time of year often are not actually abandoned orphaned.

The Connecticut DEEP has advice about what to do if you find a bird that you think is abandoned. There are several alternatives.

Click here to learn about them.

Please do not bring injured or orphaned animals to any Connecticut Audubon Society facility. Connecticut Audubon is not authorized to accept injured or abandoned animals.

But if it is obviously injured, it may need help. The CT DEEP has more information here about dealing with distressed wildlife.

 

Mobile App

Explore our centers and sanctuaries on your mobile device

Soar through our centers and sanctuaries with this free app, which highlights unique and interesting features at each stop. Take one of our tours while you’re onsite or plan ahead with detailed directions and maps to your nearest Connecticut Audubon location.

Features include:

  • Tours of our Centers and Sanctuaries
  • Bird IDs with photos and descriptions
  • Tips on how to create a native garden for birds and pollinators
  • Interactive maps

 

 

For Android and other non-Apple devices, visit the web-based app. Software platform © Cuseum, Inc.

 

This App was made possible by Planet Fuel Charitable Fund.

Alison Davis: Preserving the Legacy of Edwin Way Teale

Alison Davis is one of a handful of people dedicated toAlison Davis: Preserving The Legacy Of Edwin Way Teale preserving the life and legacy of naturalists Edwin Way Teale and his wife, Nellie.

The Teales moved to Hampton, Connecticut after Edwin had established his reputation as a keen observer of nature and a writer of consummate skill. He was 60. Nellie was 58.

Davis and her husband, Wendell, helped them find the Hampton farm they eventually purchased in 1959. The two couples became family.

Those bonds strengthened with each passing year. Edwin died in 1980; Nellie in 1993. But the naturalists continue to live large in Davis’ memories as two people committed to the appreciation and protection of nature.  Read the rest of Denise Coffey’s article in the Hartford Courant.

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

 

Directions

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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