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SLT Owen Mortimer - Tanager Hill Trails


The Owen-Mortimer trail begins with an uphill section on an old farm road surrounded by numerous stone walls and cedar trees. Simsbury Land Trust has done extensive work here to remove invasive plant species. Further on you will be surrounded by mature forest with large pines and oaks. About half way up, the trail runs alongside the open fields of the Tanager Hill property. The upper third of the trail has boardwalks which take a hiker through an extensive wetland with abundant wildlife and interesting plants. This area has several interconnected open space parcels to explore. To the northeast is the Town-owned Darling Wildlife Sanctuary and trail. To the south is the SLT’s beautiful and inspiring Tanager Hill property with its meandering trail system. A short walk south along the utility right of way allows one to connect to a trail up to Penwood State Park. Importantly, Owen-Mortimer has been chosen to be the first section of a future east-west trail connecting the New England Trail with the Appalachian Trail. Geographically Tanager Hill is the most diverse parcel of preserved open space in Simsbury. The property begins just above the Farmington River flood plain and climbs by connecting trails, ultimately through a basalt talus field to the top of Talcott Mountain. A large portion of the property is on a glacial moraine at the base of the mountain with extensive wetlands, including a farm pond and vernal pools. Lucy Brook runs along the entire southern boundary cutting a deep ravine in the redstone as it heads to the river. Adding to the diversity are 15 acres of open meadow and extensive, mature upland forest. This is a wonderful area for bird watching as there are numerous species of birds taking advantage of the varied habitats for nesting and as a stopping point while migrating. This area was designated as a Primary Conservation Area in the Metropolitan Conservation Alliance’s Farmington Valley Biodiversity Project conducted in 2006. Please stay on the paths to help protect the many sensitive species that live here. For more information on the Simsbury Land Trust, please visit

Price: Free

Vendor: Simsbury Land Trust

Category: Parks & Forests

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2022-January-12

Language: English

Size: 3.6 MB

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