Nature Conservancy preserves are private properties. They are managed to protect our fragile resources – native species and plant communities. You will find few trails or facilities. The trails we do maintain or create are designed to steer visitors away from the most fragile portions of the preserve and toward those areas that can handle more use. Please do not journey off the trail. Signs requesting visitors to not hike beyond certain areas are placed there to ensure your safety as well as frail natural communities. We ask you to please tread lightly and leave the nature preserve in the same or better condition as you found it.
Most of the state’s preserves are open to visitors, but only for low-impact recreational activities (see list below). Those preserves harboring species or natural communities at risk, however, are not open to the public. These areas will be clearly noted in
You will not find any staff on duty at Nature Conservancy preserves. Therefore, we ask you to prepare for your visit and take proper precautions while on site.
Wear comfortable footwear suitable for hiking, but please do not wear heavy, cleated boots – these damage the trails. To protect yourself from ticks, poison ivy or poison sumac, wear long pants and tuck them into your socks. No matter which season of the year it is, each person in your party should bring a full water bottle. Dehydration is a serious risk at any time of the year.
To get the most from your visit, and to protect yourself from the elements, you may want to include the following items in your backpack:
The following activities are permitted on Conservancy preserves:
The following activities are not permitted on Conservancy preserves:
Please do not trespass (or park) on private property adjacent to Conservancy preserves. Property lines are clearly marked with yellow signs featuring the Conservancy’s logo.
If you have any additional questions regarding the preserves, please contact The Nature Conservancy. Also, if you come across any form of vandalism on the property or if there are any natural situations that need tending to, please let us know.