Whitaker Woods is a 266 parcel purchased by the Northern Connecticut Land Trust. It is pasture and forest and hiking trails have been newly established.
Whitaker Woods & McCann Family Farm Trail System Map (Courtesy Richard Bailey)
There used to be a ski slope on the property. Check out the story here: http://www.nelsap.org/ct/somers.html.
2005 HC Open Space Preserving Takes a Village
2005 JI Residents Approve Money for Whitakers
2005 Letter from Governor Rell
2005 Land Trust Acquires Whitakers
2006 NYT Culver Modisette
2006 HC Article Town of Somers and Land Trust and Whitakers
January 1, 2013: twenty five people showed for the two hour hike at Whitaker Woods in Somers, CT. Stone wall gazing and nature observations filled the time and good comraderie was in order. PHOTOS
October 27, 2012: Three NCLT volunteers improved a footbridge across Shady Brook on the Whitaker – McCann Link trail in Whitaker Woods. As shown in the photographs, the added ramp at one end of the bridge greatly improves hiker’s ability to use the bridge. The work is part of an ongoing effort to improve and expand the new trail system in Whitaker Woods. The Whitaker trails can be accessed either from the parking area on Wells Road or from the McCann’s parking area on Rte 190, both in Somers.
Bridge before and after ramp
December 5, 2012: Ken Anderson spread, graded and packed approx. 65 yards of gravel and hard-pack on the Wells Road parking area to create a smooth mud-free parking area for up to eight cars. The area is 70 feet long and 45 feet deep. This is a tremendous improvement over the very rough surface that previously existed after stump removal. The photos show progress over a month and one-half.