This parcel was protected in 1999 using a combination of local funds and state grant money. The Town of Wilton owns the Neilmann parcel.
The 145-acre parcel is primarily wooded with wetlands and vernal pools. The woods reveal old logging roads and stumps that are clues to the land’s history. The western portion of this property encompasses part of Miller Swamp, the largest wetland in the Town of Wilton.
An early springtime walk along the Neilmann Parcel trails will engulf the visitor with the sounds of frogs and toads. The less-than-fully prepared hiker will not stop for long, though; this parcel is known for its mosquitoes!
Trail surfaces are forest floor and boardwalks. Primitive boardwalks cross several wetland areas. The terrain is flat. Expect areas of high water. Download a map of the trails (PDF).
The Neilmann Parcel is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Unleashed dogs, dumping, unauthorized vehicles, fires, camping, hunting, fishing, and trapping are prohibited.
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- GPS: 43.133464, -73.682101
- From the north: Take the I-87 South to Exit 16. Take a left onto Ballard Road and drive for 2.1 miles. At the traffic light, make a right onto Route 50 and drive 1.2 miles. Turn at the second left onto King Road and continue for 0.9 miles. Turn at the second right onto Ruggles Road. The parcel entrance and parking lot is on the right side of the street.
- From the south: From the Wilton Mall (Exit 15 on I-87), go north on Route 50 for about 4.2 miles. Make a right onto King Road and drive for 0.9 miles. Turn at the second right onto Ruggles Road. The parcel entrance and parking lot is on the right side of the street.