Maintained Uses: walking, hiking
Length:0.81 miles of total trails (dark blue, light blue and red trail head/markers)
Type: network including interconnected loops
Surface: grass/meadow and packed earth/dirt
Pets: permitted (dogs on leash)
Year Preserved: 1981
A charming hike, Moore Woodlands is tucked between neighborhoods in Groton and Mystic and offers 0.81 miles of trails. There are two main entrances to the trails, one off Capstan Ave (northeast entrance, ample parking on street) and one off off Rt 215/Noank Road (southeast entrance, no designated parking). There also are two entrances through the Beebe Pond Park Loop Trail, a connected trail system which can be accessed easily for those looking to add mileage to their boots. The trail offers small elevation changes of 95 feet, with crosses over small creeks and surface water runoffs. It is designated pet friendly for dogs on a leash. The trail is fairly well marked; when it isn’t well marked, the trail is easy to follow. Be on the lookout for tree markings. Spread throughout, various trees have small plaques identifying the type of tree, what the leaves look like, and some additional data. This network of trails includes two small loops that are connected on one side, allowing for a casual hike with terrain changes. The trail has an even mix of well-groomed grass, packed earth and dirt, small boardwalks and bog bridging, with occasional exposed roots and rocks. Also worth noting is the close proximity to Mystic Market West (approximately 0.2 miles north on Rt 215/Noank Road from the southeast entrance to the trail) – a quaint little market and bakery with delicious treats and meals.
Close proximity to Mystic Market West (approximately 0.2 miles) and downtown Mystic (approximately 1.2 miles, recommend drive not walking).
The Moore Woodlands are off of Judson Ave. and Capstan Ave. and have hiking trails that connect with the Beebe Pond Loop Trail.
Access and parking is at south end of Capstan Avenue in Mystic. Approximately .8 mile of trails connects Rte. 215 and Moore Woodlands to Beebe Pond Park trails. The preserve contains both hard and soft wood with extensive wetlands draining into the Mystic River. A 10 year CT DEEP Wildlife grant to recreate an early successional habitat began late winter 2006.