More about River Road Preserve, Erbacher Preserve and Golden Harvest Preserve
Situated along the scenic Shepaug River, all three preserves are accessed through the River Road Preserve parking area off River Road or from the Botsford Hill Road parking lot at Orzech Family Preserve via the Kress Family Trail.
The River Road trail is a 1.5-mile loop of moderate difficulty with some steep climbs and access to the Shepaug River. The Erbacher trail starts to the left after crossing Volunteers Bridge (0.75-mile in from the start of River Road trail) and is a 1.2-mile loop of easy to moderate hiking along an old railroad bed and through hilly terrain. To access the Golden Harvest Preserve, turn left after crossing Volunteers Bridge and follow the railroad bed to the active farm fields on the left. Alternatively, approach from the Kress Family Trail on the Orzech Preserve from the Botsford Hill parking lot.