Hiking

Hiking column: Tyler Mill Preserve boasts variety and challenges over 1,000 acres in Wallingford – CT Insider

Summary

Tyler Mill Preserve, Wallingford

The bottom line: The preserve’s 1,000 acres feature trails passing along the Muddy River and hay fields to the top of the traprock ridge known as Moss Rock with seasonal views of the New Haven skyline.

Difficulty level: Like all large preserves, there are several difficulty levels. Visitors who stay on the roads will find it easy to navigate. Trips down to the Muddy River are moderately difficult and climbs to the top of Moss Rock are difficult …….

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Tyler Mill Preserve, Wallingford

The bottom line: The preserve’s 1,000 acres feature trails passing along the Muddy River and hay fields to the top of the traprock ridge known as Moss Rock with seasonal views of the New Haven skyline.

Difficulty level: Like all large preserves, there are several difficulty levels. Visitors who stay on the roads will find it easy to navigate. Trips down to the Muddy River are moderately difficult and climbs to the top of Moss Rock are difficult and strenuous. The preserve features diamond-shaped signs with numbers on the trees. In case of emergency, you can supply a number to emergency officials.

Total mileage: There are seven miles of trails. Hunting is allowed in certain areas of the preserve, so watch for signs and wear bright-colored clothing.

Directions: Take I-91 south to Exit 14. Take a left on East Center Street and a right on Northford Road just past Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. Take the first right on Tyler Mill Road. Look for a parking area and map kiosk on the right. There is also a trail entrance at Veterans Park. Visitors looking for a quick hike to the top of Moss Rock can park at Bertini Park and walk across Woodhouse Avenue to the trailhead.

Pet friendly? Leashed dogs are allowed and must be cleaned up after with the waste removed if placed in a plastic bag.


Things to Do Nearby

Gouveia Vineyards

Located high on a 140-acre hilltop, the stone and old timber winery has a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of lush woodlands, open fields and more than 32 acres of vineyards. The winery offers 11 award-winning wines, and depending on the season and weather, visitors can picnic or warm themselves by a fire. Gouveia produces 90,000 bottles a year “adhering to traditional skills of Portuguese winemaking” with a few of the selections including: chardonnay oak, pinot grigio, Stone House red, pinot noir, zinfandel, vinho tinto and Sunset Red. 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford, 203-265-5526, gouveiavineyards.com

Neil’s Donuts

This New York-style bakery has been serving doughnuts and sandwiches since 2001. Visitors can choose from fresh-made creations including maple bacon doughnuts with slices of bacon on top to apple cider crisp doughnuts. There are also fresh pastries including crullers and coffee rolls as well as muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Coffee is available to help wash all the treats down. 83 N. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, 203-269-4255, neilsdonuts.com

On Track Karting

On Track Karting offers three levels of high-performance, gas-powered karting including junior karting (ages 7-14), adult karting (15 and older) and pro karting (for adults only). All three levels race separately on an indoor circuit with timing and scoring for each race. Races are 8 minutes with heats starting every 10 minutes. Safety equipment is provided. 984 N. Colony Road, Wallingford, 203-626…….

Source: https://www.ctinsider.com/living/article/Hiking-column-Tyler-Mill-Preserve-wallingford-16653222.php