Rockland Preserve

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<p>Acquired by the town in 1997, the 649-acre Rockland Preserve in North Madison features more than 10 trails and several roads. Three particularly popular trails are the Houston Trail, the Coan Pond Trail and The Boundary Trail.</p>
<p>The Houston Trail (red blaze) is about 1.5 miles, runs in a large loop from the parking area off of Renee Way, and includes 10 interpretive signs. The mile-long Coan Pond Trail (white blaze), leads to a wet bog fed by rain and snow, and passes by a charcoal pit left over from the days when early settlers used the area extensively to produce charcoal for home heating and industry. The Boundary trail (orange blaze), is about 1.5 miles and follows Crooked Hill Road towards Guilford. This trail passes by a huge glacial erratic, or boulder that was dropped here by a glacier after being carried a long way. In the Spring, if it's a rainy one, this trail passes by a vernal pool that serves as a home to wood frogs, mole salamanders and fairy shrimp.</p> <p>ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles are prohibited. The trail is sometimes used by mountain bikers, but are encouraged to limit use of the trails when the ground is very wet and fragile, and to be respectful of walkers and hikers. Both hikers and bikers are encouraged to be careful around, and yield to, horseback riders. Trail maps and a detailed guide are available on the <a href="http://www.madisonct.org/Rockland/rockland.htm">website</a>.</p>
Devonshire Ln & Renees Way, Madison, CT 06443
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