Birch Rocks Trail Map (jpg)


Birch Rocks Sanctuary


The sanctuay's official address is 40A Obtuse Road North. Here you will see a sign that marks the beginning of the yellow trail. The beginning of the trail follows a narrow access strip between two private homes down to the brook. After crossing the brook the trail turns left and continues almost straight to the shore of Lake Lillinonah. If you want a short, easy hike, this is a good choice. The path is wide and well marked although it can get muddy in  spring or after a heavy rain. Round trip to the lake and back is about a mile. 

The blue, blue/yellow and red trails are rougher than the yellow trail. Pay attention to the blazes so you don't lose your way..

In 2016 BOSLI teamed up with Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust (WHLT) and built a parking area. The blue/yellow trail takes you from the parking lot to a rock wall. At this point you can connect with the yellow trail or follow the blue trail into the heart of Pratt Glen. 

History of Birch Rocks

Birch Rocks owes its existence to the generosity of three forward thinking donors. BOSLI wishes to thank the following for their donation of land:

Violet C. Watson,  1966 - 11.32 acres

George D. Pratt, Jr., 1967 - 74 acres

H.C. and Joanna Beall Westermann, 1977 - 16.09 acres. 


Storm Damage Update

The blue, blue/yellow, and yellow trails have been cleared!

On March 29 a large group of volunteers armend with chainsaws, loppers, and rakes worked to remove fallen limbs and branches that made the trails impossible to navigate. Work still needs to be done in a few places, but the trails are passable. If you visit Birch Rocks/Pratt Glen, be aware that some blazes are still missing. Please stay on trails that are familiar to you.  Water-proof footwear is highly recommended. The trails are muddy and will be until drier weather arrives in late spring. The red trail is still in very rough condition, but will get the attention it needs at the next work day. Enjoy the upcoming warmer days and remember: Safety First!

Wood Thrushes are birds of the interior forest. Listen for the male's ee-o-lay song.

Wood Thrushes are birds of the interior forest. Listen for the male's ee-o-lay song.