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.


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.

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Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Sanctuary Rules

Trail Wood Non-Fiction Book Club
Sunday,  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. May bookThe Meaning of Existence by Naturalist/Biologist E.O. Wilson. TBD. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Trail Wood Bird Walks
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.


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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