Paddles, Hikes, Nature Walk, Historic Walks, Harbor Cruises and More

Weekend Activities, June 6 to 8

Paddles, Hikes, Nature Walk, Historic Walks, Harbor Cruises and More

Guilford Covenant Weekend

In commemoration of the dedication of the New England Trail’s Southern Gateway, Guilford’s 375th Anniversary festivities will include several outdoor events, several of them appropriate for children.

PADDLES

Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet at the East River State Boat Launch on Neck Road. Paddle the East River into Guilford Harbor past Jacobs Beach, adjacent to Chittenden Park and the New England Trails Southern Gateway, passing Chaffinch Island Park.  After an optional lunch, return past the marina and Grass Island to the State Launch.

This trip is for experienced paddlers.  All those interested who have their own paddle craft and personal flotation device are welcome.

Saturday, June 7, 1:30 pm to 4 pm

Gather at Chaffinch Island Park for a four-mile paddle. Take  Route 146 to Mulberry Point Road to Chaffinch Island Road to the end where Chaffinch Island Park is located. Set up equipment and depart promptly at 2 pm. Paddle up the West River, visit Jared Elliot/Chittenden Park, New England Trail’s Southern Gateway and cruise around Chaffinch Island.

Participants must provide their own paddle craft and personal flotation device and be able to enter and exit the boat unassisted.  They must be able to swim and have some experience paddling in light wind and current and be able to exit the boat if capsized.

Advance registration is required.   Email Caroline Zeiss, Caroline.Zeiss@Yale.edu.

Sunday, June 8, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet at the East River State Boat Launch on Neck Road. Weather- and tide- dependent options to go up the East River, stop at rocky outcropping and/or head to  Chittenden Park to view the New England Trail Gateway. Cruise around Jacobs Beach area.

Participants must provide their own paddle craft and personal flotation device and be able to enter and exit the boat unassisted.  They must be able to swim and have some experience paddling in light wind and current and be able to exit the boat if capsized. Advance registration is required.   Email Caroline Zeiss, Caroline.Zeiss@Yale.edu.

HIKES

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Clapboard/East River Preserve entrance across from Guilford Riding School for a seven-mile hike on the New England Trail through the East River Preserve, Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s Eastwoods and Nut Plains Woods.  Follow trails through these properties seeing woodlands, fields, streams, rivers, and rocky bluffs.

Bring good hiking shoes, water and lunch.  Guilford Land Conservation Trust Website: guilfordlandtrust.org

Saturday, June 7, 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Meet at the Timberland Preserve parking lot on Route 80 for a family-friendly hike on the New England Trail.

Sunday, June 8, 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Meet at the Cockaponset State Forest parking lot on Route 80 for a hike on the New England Trail.

NATURE WALK

Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Meet at the Clapboard/East River Preserve entrance across from Guilford Riding School for a kid-friendly, family nature walk exploring critters under rocks, on ground and in air.  View marshes from the bluff and also at the river.  Follow part of the New England National Scenic Trail for a mile and a half.  Come prepared to get muddy!

HISTORIC WALKS

Friday, June 6, 4:30 p.m.

Meet at the East River Preserve parking lot on Sullivan Drive for a historic hike led by Dennis Culliton, Adams Middle School history teacher.  Pass by the homestead of General Andrew Ward, Roxanna Foote, Hattie Ward, Foote Hawley, as well as the favorite family estate of Harriet Beecher Stowe.  This hike will follow the New England Trail to the Foote Bridge and visit the Ward/Foote Graveyard.

Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m., 1 hr. 2 miles

Meet in front of Guilford Town Hall for a student-led, Yankee Magazine Best of 2013 award-winning tour of historic downtown Guilford that focuses on historic homes on the New England Trail as it passes through the neighborhoods dotted with homes on the National Register of Historic Places. 

HARBOR CRUISES

Sunday, June 8

Grass Island Cruises will be giving cruises all afternoon from the Guilford Marina.  Please contact: www.grassislandcruisesct.com for reservations and details.

OTHER EVENTS

Friday, June 6, 4 p.m.

On the East River Bridge at Sullivan Drive, a mural comprising 12 panels depicting Guilford’s past, present and future, the theme of the Town’s 375th Anniversary, will be unveiled.  The painted panels are the work of Guilford High School students who are sharing their talents with the walkers and hikers in the East River Preserve and on the New England Trail.

Saturday, June 7, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Guilford Garden Club will dedicate Rollwood Park, at the corner of Stonehouse Lane and Old Whitfield Street, to the Town of Guilford in commemoration of the 375th Anniversary of Guilford and the 75th Anniversary of the Guilford Garden Club.

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