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OLT Spring Guided Hike:  Orange Turkey Hill Preserve

OLT Spring Guided Hike:  Orange Turkey Hill Preserve

The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided hike at the Turkey Hill Preserve on Saturday, April 14th.  People should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 300 Derby Milford Road (GPS address).  This is opposite Turkey Hill Road.

This is Orange’s largest open space site, with 376 acres offering the most varied experiences for the visitor.  An old growth core forest is dotted with ledges, ridges, vernal pools, gorges, streams, ponds, shallow waterways, and a few hills that are steep but hikeable.  It is populated by a wide variety of plant life and wildlife.

This moderate to challenging hike will include information on the historical highlights, and a hike through one of the most enjoyable natural places in our area.  Please wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail.  We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread.  A good hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

We will team up with the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team.  They will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.

This free hike, conducted by volunteers of the Orange Land Trust, is not at all difficult for those who are sure-footed and fit, and presents an opportunity to reconnect with our town’s history and beauty.  All are welcome and please bring a friend.

So, grab your hiking gear and plan to join us!  Only steady rain showers will cancel.  For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

Photo Caption: Orange Land Trust hikers enjoying a Saturday morning in the woods, while learning some local history and seeing some of the most interesting, old growth, forest terrain in Orange.

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