Indian Meadow

Indian Meadow is 34 acres in size. It was donated to the Trust in 1987 as part of the development of new homes on White Oak Drive. It is an elongated parcel that lies between White Oak Drive and Woodchuck Lane.  The property adds to a long wildlife corridor from New Hartford to Bristol.  It also protects the East Branch of Rock Brook, which supports native brook trout, a species of special concern.

 

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The property has two boundaries that touch RT 4 (Burlington Road) and White Oak Drive.  Better access from both roads is currently being developed.  An approximate 1.5 mile trail system (back and forth) has been cleared and marked by colored blazers.   A short red-blazed trail leads in from White Oak Dr. (look for the land trust’s Wildlife Protection Area sign) to the juncture of the longer white and yellow trails.    The white trail goes to RT 4, where a formal parking area is being planned.  The yellow trail has a return loop.  Walking is on fairly level ground.  This summer (2018), ten footbridges and boardwalks were constructed by land trust volunteers over some wet areas and small streams.  An Eagle Scout candidate completed a longer footbridge over a wider stream at the White Oak Dr. access.  Now, the trail system provides dry hiking through an open mature forest with  plenty of nice views.

A long term goal for this area is to create a pollinator meadow just in from the RT 4 access.For now, it’s best to plan your walk coming in from White Oak Dr., since pulling off at RT 4 at the Indian Meadow sign may be unsafe.   Access from White Oak Dr. will be improved with a stairway to be constructed by the Eagle Scout candidate in spring 2019.

The Harwinton Land Trust offers special thanks to the following:

The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation in 2016 for a grant to obtain a professional survey of the property’s borders.            

The NW CT Community Foundation in 2018 for providing a grant for bridge-building materials.                                                                    

The Wilderness School in 2018 for hauling bridge-building materials to stream crossing sites.

Eagle Scout candidate, Michael Collen in 2018 for completing a long footbridge.

 

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