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Utley Hill Preserve

Placed: 2-16-02
Placed By: WWW (Formerly known as Chuck Straub and his dog Molly)
Location: Columbia Connecticut, Tolland County
Rated: Easy. About a 2 mile round trip.

(Store Bought Stamp)

Clues updated & revised 6/26/07

From the intersection of Rt. 66 and Rt. 87 in Columbia Center, proceed northwest on Rt. 87 about 1 mile to take a left onto Lake Rd. Go down Lake Road about 1 mile, you will pass a nicely kept, long, wide stonewall on the left. You will see Erdoni Road on the right. The entrance to the path is located opposite Erdoni Road.

Follow the yellow blazed trail along the side of a stone wall. Don’t worry, the path gets better. As you are alongside a field on your left, the trail takes a sharp right over the stone wall. You quickly come to a Y in the path and see a sign that says " Utley Hill Preserve Joshua’s Trust". Bear left here, following the yellow blazes. The path goes along the side of power lines. You will see a yellow wooden arrow which goes under the power lines at 230 degrees. Inside the tree line you come to a 3 way intersection. Left is yellow and straight is yellow, go straight and pass over a very small stream on an old cart path and proceed uphill. Be careful here. You must follow the yellow blazes which goes sharply West. Shortly you come to a ridge line on the path. You can see an old dam at 340 degrees. Follow the yellow blazes. You will quickly notice that across the stream there are the old ruins of an old mill. You quickly pass an old dam on the right. Pass through a stone wall quickly followed by another. You will pass a round stone campfire site. You will see a beaver dam at 240 degrees The path following a stone wall on the left turns sharply East and starts to go away from the water and through a stone wall. As you proceed down the yellow blazed trail, the path runs parallel to a stone wall on your left. You should follow that wall until the wall comes to a T. This can be done by walking on the path and watching the wall. Go into the woods to that T in the wall take a reading of 230 degrees and proceed to five oaks growing from one trunk. This tree is located only 20 steps off the path so you should see it without going to the corner of the wall. If you proceed down the yellow blazed trail and come to an intersection, you went too far. The letterbox is located off the ground where these 5 oaks come together to form one trunk. It is covered with bark. Nice walk and views. Enjoy.

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