Join John LeShane at Highland Pond Preserve in Middletown for a hike on Saturday, August 31 st from 10:00 a.m. to noon. From I-91 South, take exit 20 to head west on Country Club Road. Take the first right onto Bell Street – parking is along the road on Bell Street near Saw Mill Road. Enjoy the view of the preserve’s namesake – Highland Pond – as you hike approximately 2 miles on this beautiful property. Highland Pond was originally a mill pond. Learn more about the history of this pond and the portion of the New England (CT Blue) Trail that runs through the preserve, which is historically known as the Mattabesett Trail. The New England Trail is a national scenic trail established in 2009 from existing trails in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The Highland Pond Preserve is a 30-acre preserve that was acquired by the Middlesex Land Trust in 2000. The property is mostly wooded, featuring Highland Pond as well as the stream that fills the pond running along the eastern side of the property.
Please wear sturdy boots or sneakers, and bring snacks and water as desired. Kids are welcome, as are dogs on leash. Downpours or storms will cancel the hike – check our Facebook page or website for updates. Please call the Middlesex Land Trust at (860) 343-7537 or send an email to for more information, or to let us know that you plan on attending – although you are welcome to attend without advance notice.
In addition, John LeShane will be leading the following hikes throughout 2019:
September 28th at 10:00 a.m.: Oak Ledges Preserve, Portland
October 26th at 10:00 a.m.: Lower Pine Brook Preserve, East Hampton
November 30th at 10:00 a.m.: Brainerd Quarry Preserve, Haddam Neck

For additional information, call the Middlesex Land Trust at 860-343-7537
or send an email to
The Middlesex Land Trust, Inc.