The best of Cheshire must include a hike along Prospect Ridge on Quinnipiac Blue Trail
The hike features the landscape of Cheshire Land Trust, town, state, and water company open space lands. There are many points of interest seen from scenic overlooks near the top of Roaring Brook Falls.
A great starting point is the trail head off Bethany Mountain Road /Route 42 in Cheshire where there is a small parking area. From there head north towards the head waters of Roaring Brook Falls. From there turn back or head further north towards the water tanks in Prospect just off Cornwall Avenue (in Prospect) It may be a good idea to park a car there otherwise take the return loop another 2.7 miles back to Route 42. For a another day you should include a hike to the falls. Follow the trail as it forks eastward towards Roaring Brook Falls. Afterall this is the creme de la creme of Cheshire's water filled environmental wonders.
Loop hike to Roaring Brook - Total Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult terrain. Approximate time: 3 hours
Loop hike to Cornwall Ave Prospect- Total Distance: 5.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult terrain. Approximate time: 4 1/2 hours
Wear appropriate clothing, hiking boots. Bring water and a snack.
More Access info
Access Cornwall Ave. in Prospect: from Cheshire, take Rt. 68 west to Tress Road. Follow to end. Turn left, follow to end by water tanks. See Google Maps for directions.
Travel in small groups for safety and further enjoyment
Brooke Memorial Preserve: Walking trails were blazed in the summer-fall of 2006 by Boy Scout Troop 92 under the direction of Eagle Scout candidates, Jason Marinaro, Mike Saraceno and Jake Siciliano. The trails are now open. The length of this trail loop around the perimeter of Brooke Memorial is 1.5 miles. It passes thru diverse terrain over brooks, ravines and wetlands and end near the gas line on Sperry Rd. A small parking lot and sign off Sperry Rd. was installed in the summer of 2007. Brooke Preserve Trail Map
Walk...You never know who or what you may encounter
Trail head at Brooke Preserve
Fresh Meadows Preserve: The Fresh Meadows Preserve off Cook Hill Road is one of our most accessible properties. Its network of developed trails over 32.8 acres of meadow and emerging forest adjoins privately owned Elim Park open space.Wildflowers and animal life are abundant in Fresh Meadows! We continue to mow and maintain walking trails open to the public. Entry is from parking lot on Cook Hill Rd. with room for 5-6 autos. Fresh Meadows continues to offer a diversity of terrain and open meadows. The 1.5 miles of trails offer a pleasurable 1 hour walk. Bluebirds may be sighted along the gas line in houses placed along the trail. Stay off the large adjoining private property to the north and east of FM. The neighboring property is posted.
Ives Farm: The farm is an active agricultural operation and public access is limited and with permission only. During the year the trust offers guided walks on a network of trails on the east side of the property. This section is densely wooded and hilly. Printable Map of Ives Farm Join our email list to receive news on Ives trail walks.
Old Farms Preserve: This 6 acre gateway access to the town owned DeDominicis Preserve is provided with this property. Park safely on Old Farms Rd. and walk in on a trail along the power lines. Descend steep grade to ravine and cross seasonal brook. Follow white/yellow blazes to mainline trail. This town preserve is 180 acres and will provide 1-1.5 hrs of easy walking. Map-DeDominicis Preserve
Power line ROW at Old Farms January 2008
The Land Trust owns other pieces of property in Cheshire but we only offer public access to some properties with well maintained trails. Town owned Roaring Brook Falls offers more rugged hiking and access to the 22 mile blue blazed Quinnipiac trail that runs the length of Prospect Mountain to Hamden’s Sleeping Giant State Park. The blue blazed trail crosses several CLT ridge properties. Prospect Ridge Trail & Property Map