Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Wild Geranium Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) © Kent Mason

Places We Protect

Spiderweed Preserve


This preserve offers a three-mile hike through dry oak woods, along massive rock outcrops.

Why You Should Visit

This preserve offers a three-mile hike through dry oak woods, along massive rock outcrops, over a rock bluff with a view toward the south, down to a stream, past overgrown fields, and along an old farm lane. Although the vista overlooks Route 9, visitors can see distant mowed fields and may spot some turkey vultures, which can often been seen from this opening in the forest cover.

Why TNC Selected This Site

The preserve was created by a donation from Helen Lohman of Middletown in 1967; she named the area after the sad state in which she found her gardens every spring.

What TNC Has Done/Is Doing

The chapter monitors this site on a regular basis.

What to See: Plants

In the spring, look for bloodroot and trillium.  Jack-in-the-pulpit and geranium are common.

What to See: Animals

Watch for turkey vultures from the overlook; in spring, the ledges have vernal pools, which are essential habitat for woodland frogs and salamanders.

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 ct@tnc.org 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 TNC preserves.