Upper Bantam Preserve – Medicine Rock Trail

If you are feeling like an interesting and short walk this weekend check out the Upper Bantam Preserve overseen by the Litchfield Land Trust. The Medicine Rock Trail is located in Litchfield on the west side of route 202, 1.6 miles north of the center of Litchfield. The trailhead parking is about 1000 feet south of the Town Farm Road intersection with route 202. This trail is 1.6 miles.

The trail follows a 500-foot access path that includes bog bridging and leads to a kiosk with a trail map. The yellow trail marks an old woods road and heads west to the Bantam River. From the kiosk, the red-blazed, north loop of Medicine Rock trail is located 280 feet on the right. This 0.4-mile trail loop heads north and then west as it descends to the river where it passes the terminus of the yellow trail. The Upper Bantam River Preserve is
an excellent example of a diverse mixed New England forest. The mature forest contains a wide variety of tree species including oak, birch, hickory, hemlock, beech, and maple. The trail along the river passes through an enchanting mature hemlock grove. The 0.8-mile southern loop follows the Bantam River south for less than a half-mile and then ascends the hill and reconnects with the yellow trail.

As you walk there is a lot to see. Look for scattered outcroppings of white quartzite which inspired the trail name. White quartzite was considered
a special gift to native Americans who believed that it held healing powers. White quartzite was also used extensively in forming arrowheads and tools.

After your walk, you might want to pop into The Dutch Epicure on Rte. 202 that is celebrating 50 years this year! They are known regionwide for their European style pastries, breads, cookies and cakes made on the premises, German meats and sausages, Dutch and European cheeses, various fine teas, jams, chocolates from all over Europe, and of course Dutch food and Dutch groceries.

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