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The Gregg Preserve

Directions:

From Wilton Center, take Route 7 north for 2.6 miles to Honey Hill Road on the right (east). Follow Honey Hill 0.5 miles to Mayapple Road. The entrance to Gregg Preserve is off the Mayapple cul-de-sac.

Acreage:

± 74.5

Parking:

At the end of Mayapple Road cul-de-sac; one or two cars at Seeley Road

Access: 

Entrance at the southwest corner of the Mayapple Road cul-de-sac; off Seely Road;  Belknap Preserve

Trails:

One well-developed trail around the property's perimeter and interior crossing trails. Horse-back riding on the designated trails by permissions from the Wilton Land Conservation Trust.

Ownership:

Wilton Land Conservation Trust

Description and History:

    The Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy transferred the Gregg Preserve to the Wilton Land Trust beginning in the year 1979. The transfer occurred in several transactions. The first transaction in 1979 was comprised of 18.6 acres. Approximately 2.016 acres followed 1983 and another 2.019 acres in 1984. The Nature Conservancy transferred another 52.25 acres in 1985. Janet Gregg Howell originally donated the property to The Nature Conservancy in honor of the late Dr. John Gregg.   Dr. John Gregg was born in Ireland in 1867, and at the age of 18 developed the most popular form of shorthand, which was later published at age 21. He died in 1948. 

    The network of trails was originally created while Gregg Preserve was still under private ownership. One section of the trail systems follows and crosses Mayapple Brook with a series of wooden bridges. The brook meanders throughout the parcel flowing generally from east to west. The Parcel's large wooded swamp situated in the north drains to the south and makes up a part of the Mayapple Brook watershed.

    The Gregg Preserve's wide trails cover relatively gentle terrain. The Preserve has become an ideal place for residents of Wilton to hike, cross country ski, walk, botanize, and bird watch, as seasons allow. Check the spruce groves for roosting owls and the streamside for warblers. A visit to this attractive preserve is the most rewarding experience.

    For a long hike, one can access the trails of the adjoining Belknap Preserve via the eastern portion of the orange trail.


Highlights at the Gregg Preserve

Bridge that crosses Mayapple Brook.

A fallen tree creates a small pond where frogs can be found. 

Narrow river that can be crossed over by a small bridge.

Small trees of the same height indicate a past forest fire. 

Woodpecker at Gregg preserve

Gregg Preserve Map