The Weir Preserve

Wilton, Connecticut 06897

The Weir Preserve

The Weir Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Enter the preserve, owned by the Weir Farm Art Center—a private, nonprofit organization that supports Weir Farm National Historic Site—on a wide former woods road blazed yellow and flanked by stone walls.

The dominant tree is sugar maple; you also see white ash and black birch, and evergreen Christmas fern. Descend gradually to an intermittent brook with abundant spicebush shrubs. On the left lies a seasonal wetland created by a 35-foot-long fieldstone dam across the brook, where moisture-loving sensitive and royal ferns thrive. Reach granite outcrops on both sides. Evergreen (marginal) wood fern caps the rocks."

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10/12/2014
Lovely, quiet trail. I made it into about 3 miles. It looks like there is some confusion on the other reviews. There are no caves within this location - it looks like they are talking about the Indian Council Caves in Barkhamstead. Something to keep in mind. Also, it is clearly marked that dogs are NOT allowed.
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5/31/2009
A beautiful hike through varied forest systems, to a pile of giant boulders overgrown with moss, ferns, and mystery. No "historical" information online, but the legends still beckon. Trail is well marked.
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11/2/2008
This was an exceptional, and very doable trail for even those who haven't hiked recently. The trail was beautiful, though a bit hairy with the leaves covering some of the rocks along the trail. We took the portion which started off of Rt. 219. As you begin to climb, there are many beautiful areas of pine and hemlock. As you cross Kettle Brook, it is an idyllic place with sunlight playing across the water. After you cross the tote road, you begin the ascent to the caves. Once there, you should take the upper trail to get a view of the area, then you can scramble down the side of the boulders to get a good view of the caves. Warning, though. In the winter I would definitely not go in the caves as they may be housing bears, bobcats, skunks, or any other hibernating animal. Over to the right is about 1/4 mile walk to Barkhamsted Reservoir. Well worth the hike.
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10/27/2007
Very Pretty hike - it was a picture perfect fall day. No one else on the trail except for 2 guys doing some cutting on the fire road on the water commission land.

Lots of leaf cover made the trail a little tricky where there is a lot of loose rock but otherwise an easy-moderate hike.
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6/12/2006
Absolutely wonderful. I usually like the challenge of hiking high peaks and thought that this hike might not be rewarding. The Indian council caves were a real treat! Even the journey to the Indian council caves kept my interest. Beautiful pine groves, ferns, mountain laurel, and a wonderful vista to relax and soak in the view make this hike heavenly. The caves were really fun to explore. I could imagine how the formation of the bolders are perfect as a meeting ground. Overall this is a really nice relaxing hike with a very minimal rock scramble to get down/up from veiwing the caves. Make sure to go down and turn the corner to view the other side of the caves.
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6/7/2006
Indian council Caves is one of the most interesting hikes I have done in Ct.The Tunxis trail follows beautiful rolling hills that descend into valleys littered with streams. There is also a very cool pine grove and fern covered meadows. This is an appetizer for the caves. I highly recomend this hike.
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4/14/2006
Did an overnighter with my son. Terrrain and flora were quite varied. One wouldn't think he/she was in CT. Never quite made the caves. Heard a lot of coyotes at night. Some of the higher elevations were around 1100 ft. Saw a bald eagle in the early morning. Will get back to check out the caves. I liked this hike and would highly recomend the entire northern section of the Tunxis Trail.

Did make the cave area on the 14th for a day hike - pretty cool...

Bob
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8/17/2005
I enjoyed the hike with my daughters, however we never made it to the Caves. We made it as far as an old foundation, but we turned around because it was getting late. I think I started in the wrong spot. It was a nice hike regardless.
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2/14/2005
Map in this site is not the greatest. Rt. 179 must be a unplowed dirt path in this area. We parked at end of Hillcrest road. Trail is quite tricky to follow, lots of zigs and zags, gps comes in handy. Very scenic woodlands, hardwood that's seen better days, some very ancient weathered oaks, then you are into the weather beaten trees with a lot of mountain laurel, then suddenly you're into pines, then back to hardwoods. Animal tracks all over the place(snow on the ground). Bear, owl or hawk or eagle, deer, little critters etc...Next thing you know you're on top of a huge granite boulder looking at 2 other boulders. Little tricky going down with the ice and whatnot, eagle nest on the ledge of the boulder. Get down to the bottom, saying this must be it, see sign that says "CAVE". aha.Tied with "mile of ledges" for best non mountain trail I've been on. Matt McCay
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Trail Information

Wilton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.1
Distance
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Easy
Skill Level
1.0 hour
Duration

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Dec 2018