Town: North Stonington
Maintained Uses: walking, hiking
Length: 1.25 miles when combined with Erisman Woodland Preserve
Type: one-way, loop network
Surface: grass/meadow and packed earth/dirt
Pets: permitted (dogs on leash)
Year Preserved: 2014
Located in North Stonington and directly connected to the south of Erisman Woodland Preserve is the Babcock Ridge Preserve. With off-street parking, entrances to the preserves are easily appreciated. Combined, these preserves offer approximately 2.5 miles of total trail and a welcomed elevation gain of 335 feet along a wooded ridge. If starting at the entrance to Babcock Ridge Preserve, one can welcome the elevation gain early in their hike. The series of interconnected loops (titled Babcock, Erisman, and Ridge) offer the opportunity for diverse combinations of hikes along stonewalls, intermittent wetlands, and views of beautiful ridge vistas. These trails are very well marked with blue and yellow trail heads with occasional signs/postage, making for a smooth hiking experience. The Babcock Ridge and Erisman Woodland Preserves are pet friendly (dogs on leash) and moderate in difficulty. Hiking on these trails offers great bird watching (most notably hawks and blue jays).
Sloping , rocky uplands , high ridge vistas. Intermittent wetlands and vernal pool. Loop trail. Connects with Erisman Woodlands at northern high border along ridge. Part of large contiguous greenway.