The Opdahl family donated this farm to The Nature Conservancy in 1997. The land was farmed from 1936 to 1972. The old barn from 1946 and silo that still exist on the land are reminders of the area’s past. This area has been planted with native flower species, which include blue lupine and horsemint. The leaves of the blue lupine are a necessary part of the Karner Blue Butterfly’s life cycle. Horsemint is also another plant that provides food fro a variety of butterfly species. Though the trail here is less than a mile in length, it connects tot he Camp Saratoga trails fro a more extended adventure. There is a kiosk at the trailhead with maps and environmental information about the area that have been provided and maintained by the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. As you walk through the field behind the church, notice the prairie grass. Little Bluestem Grass is a drought tolerant prairie grass that grown in clumps in upland areas.
- Town of Wilton
- Length: 0.6 miles
- Scenery: Wooded
- Terrain: Flat, natural
Trip Tip: Connects to Camp Saratoga
Directions: ROUTE 50
Drive north on I-87 to Exit 16. Make a right off the exit and continue for approximately 1/2 mile. The trailhead and parking area are on the right by the old barn.