Potter Meadow Preserve
land trust preserve in Columbia, CT
photo by Joan Hill

Potter Meadow in Columbia, CT, was given to Joshua’s Land Trust by Whitehall Properties in 1988. This 34 acre land trust preserve that lies entirely within the floodplain of the Willimantic and Ten Mile Rivers.

Potter Meadow was owned by the Buckinghams, who were conservators to Uncas, father of Joshua. Starting in the 1830’s the Potter family used it as pasture land. Today, as a nature preserve, it provides excellent wildlife habitat and birding, with a variety of wetland and riparian types as well as an adjacent sandy area used frequently by turtles.

Potter Meadow sits near the intersection of several other Connecticut hiking trails/greenways, including the Air Line State Park trail and the East Coast Greenway.. Visitors should be aware that the entire parcel may be submerged and impassable after heavy rains, and may be muddy at other times. Ticks are prevalent during the warm season.

Location:  Columbia, CT

Donors:  Whitehall Properties, Ltd.

Acres:  34 acres

Preserved in:  1988

Stewards:  John Manfred, Harold Nelson

Trail Map:  Click here for the Potter Meadow map. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view or print our trail maps.

Directions:  Go west from Willimantic on Route 66. After crossing the Willimantic River take the first left onto Cards Mill Road. and immediately take another left onto Commerce Drive. Follow the road to the end and park. There is room for several cars.