Utley Hill Preserve
joshua’s trust land trust preserve in Columbia, CT
old mill foundation. photo by Joan Hill

The Utley Hill Preserve is Columbia Lake watershed land which was donated to Joshua’s Trust by George and Patricia Becker in 1978. This gift is doubly significant to the Town of Columbia because of the protection it provides the water supply of Columbia Lake.

The land is covered with woods dominated by oaks, maples, hickories, beeches and other hardwoods. On it is part of a large upland swamp which is drained by Columbia Lake Brook. There are many ledges and rocky outcrops. Two-plus miles of trail pass by dams and old mill sites before connecting to the Town of Columbia Recreational Area.

Trail Guide: , This trail guide describes the connector, loop and other trails that are part of the Utley Hill / Columbia Recreation area. There are a total of 4 miles of blazed hiking trails within this area. Please do not stray from the paint-blazed woodland trails, as hunting does occur on adjacent private land.

Location:  Columbia, CT

Donors: Donated by George and Patricia Becker

Acres:  125 acres owned by the Trust and an adjacent 115 owned by the town.

Preserved:  1978, with town acquisition in 1987

Stewards:  Claude Garritt, Jr., Ann Dunnack, Mike Morrell

Trail Map:  Click here for the trail map. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open our trail maps.

Street Map:  Click here for the Google map

Directions:  From the junction of Route 87 and Route 55 in Columbia, go west on Rt. 87 1 mile to Lake Road. Turn left on Lake Road and go 1 mile to Erdoni Road on the right. The entrance is opposite Erdoni on the left side of Lake Road.

Another parking area and trailhead is reached through the Coulmbia’s Recreation Park off Hennequin Road.