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.

For directions, click here

Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Sanctuary Rules


Applications are being accepted now through March 30.

Click here to download the 2019 Application.

NEW! Trail Wood Non-Fiction Book Club
Sunday, March 24, April 14, & May 19,
from 2 – 4 p.m.

Lead by avid non-fiction reader and Hampton resident Jacqueline Jacobsohn, the Book Club combines lively book discussions and leisurely walks on the trails. March book: The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum. April & May books TBD. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Trail Wood Artists In-Residence Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Event to be held at Yale University’s Kroon Hall. Free to the public.

After School Nature Club
Spring Session: Grades 1 – 6
Wednesday, April 3, 10, 24 & May 1, 8, 15 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Fee: $60 CAS members for the 6-day session; $70 non-members. More info & forms at

Spring Cleaning: Trail Wood Work Day
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.

Come on out to help “spruce up” Trail Wood. Bring work gloves/rakes etc.

Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursday, April 25, 8 a.m.
Thursday, May 23, 8 a.m.

Join Andy as he points out various birds at Trail Wood and a nearby preserve. Expect to find Hooded Warblers! Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

A Long Stillness – Writing Workshop
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Alison Davis will lead this workshop. The group will use all of their senses and their sense of wonder to feel the amazing natural life at Trail Wood and write about their experiences. Bring a notebook and pencil. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Spring Poetry Walk
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Join Hampton resident John Wertam, a Trail Wood and poetry enthusiast to experience nature and read poetry that tries to capture our love of the outdoors. Bring a copy of your favorite poem to share. 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

April Vacation Camp

Monday, April 15 – Thursday, April 18
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mon.  – Splish, Splash; A Frog’s Life
Tue.   – Nature’s Construction
Wed.  – Migration Madness
Thur. – Knapsack on My Back

Outdoor adventures for kids who don’t mind getting wet and dirty and having a blast in the process. Come for one day or all four.  Limited to 20 per day. Call 860-928-4948 to register. Fee: $45 per day CAS members; $55 per day non-members.

Click to download the flyer.
Click to download the Application and Permission Form.



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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