For those who followed Old Trail Head as he dashed from one park to another to complete the twelve listed walks in the Wilton Go Green sponsored “contest”, you know OTH crossed the finish line just before the deadline with his required walks. He wasn’t the lucky person to win the Cannondale bike in the drawing, but that’s not important. What is important is what did OTH and the the others that participated by visiting the twelve parks/preserves experience and learn? Old Trail Head cannot speak for the others but he’s sure that they, like he, enjoyed the walks and gained a greater appreciation for what a treasure Wilton has in its assortment of open spaces.
So, what are some of the takeaways for OTH from this experience?
- There are many parks and preserves in Wilton. The Conservation Commission listed 23 on their web site. OTH added up the acreage (1213) and calculated that about 7% of the total land in Wilton is dedicated to open spaces in one form or another. And OTH knows there are other parcels of accessible open space land that are not included on this web site. At first take the 7% may not seem like a lot, but think about what that real estate might be worth. OTH won’t even hazard a guess. Enough to say that it is sizable in both acreage and value. OTH is appreciative of the many persons over the years that have contributed to this wonderful town asset.
- There is quite a variety of experiences to be had out there. Of course there are many miles of trails to walk, though woodlands, wetlands and just about everything in between. Like to ride horses? There are equestrian trails available. Mountain bikes are more your style? OTH saw a lot evidence of trail use by bikers. How about a bag lunch beside a stream or pond? There are working farms to visit, a nature center, and a National Park Service Historic Site. That’s enough to keep you busy for awhile!
- Need a trail guide to help with the trails and to know what kind of tree is that (and who doesn’t)? The Wilton Conservation Commission web site has all that waiting for you. OTH’s advice is that a trail guide is always a good thing to have in hand (along with bug spray).
OTH had a great time walking these 12 walks and he knows you will too (click on “Wilton Town Hiking Contest” below). Give them a go.
Now it’s time for Old Trail Head to expand his horizons beyond his home town of Wilton, CT. He will be exploring other great outdoor places in the region. He has several in mind but would like to hear from others about their favorite spots in the outdoors. Send in a comment with yours.