The Pequot Trail is another lovely "blue-blazed" trail managed by the Connecticut Forest & Parks Association. The trail connects Ledyard with Preston and offers occasional views of the Thames River Valley as well as a few gradual climbs, old pastures and overgrown woods roads. at an elevation of 330 feet, Rose Hill is the highest point on the trail. It passes through Preston's Lincoln Park, a recreation area with jogging track, multiple ball fields, and other facilities, following a part of the park's dog-waling trail to Rose Hill Rd. Keep your eyes peeled for 4 geocaches and one letterbox. Near the southern trailhead is the Mashantucket Pequot Burial Ground, which is not open to the public and should not be entered. Near the northern terminus, the trail follows and crisscrosses power lines in a few places. Soaring hawks are often seen above a pair of beaver-inhabited wetland ponds that surround a small rock ridge. Just south of his ridge is a mysterious historical areal called Hellgate. Nearby land deeds can be traced back to ownership by the Mohegan sachem, Uncas. Pequot Trail runners/hikers will be surrounded with local history. [Description courtesy of the Connecticut Walk Book] ~8.25 miles one way.
--submitted by Cherie Bilbie