Whetten Woods is a thirty-seven acre preserve located near the Storrs Center and the University of Connecticut. A center loop trail is accessed by a parking lot on Hanks Hill Road, by a trail across town property from Storrs Center, by high school athletic fields and from Hope Lutheran Church on Dog Lane. The loop trail crosses a stream over several bridges. Stone walls, emphasizing the area’s agricultural heritage, cross the terrain. The trail passes stands of beech, oak, maple, ash and birch, and features two groves of hemlock, home to barred owls. The adjacent town preserve contains a vernal pool. The University of Connecticut conducts several ecology studies in the area. The preserve offers a recreational opportunity to walkers and trail runners, and also serves as a conservation resource for the broader community.