Platt Farm Preserve
Visitors to the 110-acre Platt Farm can tell right away the property on scenic-designated Flood Bridge Road is truly special. The sweeping views across field and meadow are breathtaking as seen from the blue-blazed trails along the the basalt ridgeline. The farmed acreage alternates from golden winter rye to late summer's "green as it gets" cornstalks, reaching high to the sky. The orange-blazed trail wanders here and there, skipping between farmed field, rolling meadow dotted with bluebird boxes and bluebirds. Tucked into a lightly forested buffer following the flowing waters along the Pomperaug River, is the Marc Taylor Memorial Trail, named for SLT's long-serving board member, who was instrumental in SLT's preservation of Platt Farm.
The former dairy farm, purchased from William and Lillian Platt in 2001, is very special to the land trust as it was the very first farm acquisition. Today, this Southbury Land Trust open space offers something for everyone. The northern portion of the farm is rugged and provides excellent habitat for nesting birds, such as woodcock, indigo bunting, warblers and field sparrows. The easternmost edge is the terminus of a seven mile long traprock ridge. The southern portion of the farm spans from Flood Bridge Road to the Pomperaug River. A kiosk with maps and information is located adjacent to the Southbury Land Trust graveled parking area.
Park in designated areas.
Do not block entry gates to fields at any time.
Stay on marked trails.
Do not walk in fields used for agriculture.
Leave only footprints.
We have the best volunteers! Whatever your superpower-trail maintenance, educational outreach, archivist and office help-you are welcome here.
Members are at the very core of our success in preserving more than 2,000 acres of open space to date. Your membership allows us to maintain properties, keep trails open to the public, offer educational programming, and keep the lights on in the office.
Memorial benches and legacy gifts are a fitting tribute to a loved one's memory; or to celebrate an outstanding community or family member with a passion for the environment and wildlife.