Featured Property - Training Field Triangle
There are three entrances to this .75 mile loop trail, with pulloff parking areas located along Old Comers Road, Old Queen Anne Road, and Training Field Road. A southeastern exit enables visitors to easily access Chatham Conservation Foundation’s Barclay’s Pond property on the other side of Old Queen Anne Road.
This 39-acre Oak and Pine forest was purchased by the Town in 1972 for the purpose of conservation and passive recreation. The property gets its name from its historic use during the Revolutionary War, when it
functioned as a training field for soldiers. Additionally, the area is home to
century smallpox cemetery, located just off the trail in the northwestern portion of the property and featuring a detailed info panel that describes the history of the site.
The property features a variety of native plants and wildlife, with viburnum, dewberries, and narrowleaf cow wheat currently in bloom. Follow the trail to the southwestern portion of the property, where you can take a seat on a shaded bench overlooking the property's certified vernal pool and read the nearby info panel highlighting the wetland's importance for local wood frog, salamander, and fairy shrimp populations. Make sure to keep an eye out for poison ivy and ticks, and we hope you enjoy your walk!