Godard Preserve  LbNA # 27885

Placed DateDec 29 2006
LocationNorth Granby, CT
Planted ByHappyHikingFamily    
Found By burning feet
Last Found Feb 21 2016
Hike Distance?

From the center of Granby, CT take Rt. 189 North approximately 4 miles to the yellow flashing light in North Granby (Note the Cossit Library and North Granby Post Office are at this intersection.) At this light turn left unto Mountain Road. Proceed approximately 2 miles up Mountain Road. Turn right on Donahue Road. In approximately .5 mile you will see the entrance to the Godard Preserve on your right.

Enter the preserve and stop at the information stand to get a trail map. Starting on the blue trail proceed into the woods, down hill and cross the stream. (This is your first of several stream crossings on this hike.) Immediately after crossing the stream bear right on the blue trail away from the stream and heading up hill. The blue trail zig-zags you through the woods. Just stay on the trail. The next stream crossing is on a double log bridge. The blue trail follows the stream and heads down an embankment. The next stream crossing is on a single log bridge. Continue on the blue trail until you come to the junction with the yellow trail. Stay straight on the merged blue and yellow trails. Further on, you cross the stream again on a double log bridge. Just past the bridge on the left of the trail you will see an old stone wall with a large boulder at the terminus. About 4-6 feet in front of this large boulder you will find the letterbox hidden under the rocks. Explore and have fun. Make sure you put the letterbox back in the same place you found it. Enjoy this special spot in the woods courtesy of the Granby Land Trust.

We suggest you finish the loop by continuing on the yellow and blue trails until the juncture with the blue trail. You will turn left on the blue trail, ultimately following the streambed, and crossing back at the initial stream crossing, heading uphill and out to Donahue Road.

If you want to extend your hike and find the letterbox in the Mary Edwards Preserve, cross to the west side of Donahue Road and proceed uphill on the blue trail. If you have never been to Mary’s Rock, stay on the blue trail until you get to the large glacial boulder at the top. (The view is worth the hike!) Start following Mary Edwards directions from here. If you don’t want to climb to Mary’s Rock take the double yellow trail when it comes in from the right. Follow it until it junctures with the yellow trail. Turn right on the Yellow Trail and proceed downhill to Ring Brook. Follow the Mary Edwards directions from the juncture of the yellow trails.