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Why You Should Visit
New England's largest stand of old-growth white pine and hemlock trees was devastated by three tornadoes in July 1989. The existing trail at Cathedral Pines traverses the remaining intact portion of the stand.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The preserve was donated to the Conservancy in 1967 by three members of the Calhoun family: Jean C. Bacon, and John and Frank Calhoun. The family originally bought the property in 1883 to prevent its being logged.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Ecologists seek out this site to better understand the dynamics of forest succession—the slow process of a forest's regrowth and rejuvenation.
Dawn to dusk
A short trail begins at the parking area.
White pine and hemlock trees
Keep an eye and ear out for woodpeckers among the fallen trees.
Please enjoy your visit to this preserve. The Nature Conservancy welcomes passive recreation, including hiking, birding, canoeing, nature study and cross-country skiing.
To ensure those who visit after you are able to enjoy the same experience you have, please remember to stay on designated trails, pack out everything you brought in, and contact our office at: 203 568 6270 or email@example.com if you notice any problems.
To maintain the ecological integrity of the preserve, the following activities are not allowed: collection of plant or animal specimens, camping, fires, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and use of motorized vehicles. Pets are not allowed on Nature Conservancy preserves.
From Eastern Connecticut:
Take Interstate 84 to Route 8 north in Waterbury. Proceed north to Route 4, in Torrington.
From Southwestern Connecticut:
Take Route 7 north to Route 4 in Cornwall Bridge.