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Town: North Stonington
Maintained Uses: walking, hiking
Difficulty: easy
Length: 1.15 miles (unmarked)
Type: lasso loop
Surface: grass/meadow and packed earth/dirt
Pets: permitted (dogs on leash)
Year Preserved: 2011
Acres: 58.46
Lat: 41°26’08.9″
Long: 71°49’54.3″

Trail Description

Located in North Stonington and off of Boombridge Road (approximately 51 Boombridge Road), Bell Cedar Swamp offers a truly beautiful hike that allows you to become one with nature.  The trail head is tucked between two private properties.  A silver gate cordons off the trail; simply walk through and down a dirt road to continue on the trail.  Immediately you are welcomed to the scenic beauty of a meadow thicket.  This portion of the trail is excellent for birdwatching (arguably the best out of the Avalonia preserves).  Although unmarked, the trail is wide and easily appreciated.  The trail continues to a loop that leads into dense forests with various types of animals (squirrels, rabbits, deer, etc.).  It is on this portion of the trail that you may notice an old cemetery that sits in a large field.  Truly a remarkable hike, the trail totals approximately 1.15 miles and has an elevation change of 100 feet.  It is pet friendly (dogs on leash).