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Highstead Trails

Highstead Happenings > Trails

Trail walk

Dr. Saxon

Ranging in elevation from 607 feet to a high of 758 feet, more than two miles of trails traverse forest, wetland, ledge, and meadow at Highstead. Special features include native plant collections, deer management demonstrations, ecological research sites, and a three-acre man-made pond. Informational signage, plant labels, and self-guided walking tours provide opportunities for Highstead members and friends to acquaint themselves with Highstead's flora, landscape history, ecological research, and conservation projects.

Please see “Visiting Highstead” for important information on visiting hours and other guidelines.

Self-guided tours

Highstead Interpretive Trail Guide: This guide will introduce you to a southwestern Connecticut landscape shaped by natural and human forces and many of the scientific techniques and ecological practices we employ to understand and enhance it.

The Native Tree and Shrub Walk: The Native Tree and Shrub Walk is an hour and a half tour of Highstead, and a wonderful way to acquaint one's self with the flora and topography found at Highstead.

The Laurel Collection: In addition to the natural growth of mountain laurel on the property, three of the seven laurel species are represented in Highstead's collection. June will find the laurel at peak bloom, with over seventy cultivars to admire. Highstead offers an annual Saturday Open Day with tours and lectures during that period.