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.
About the Property
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: Bryan Tarbell, Ann Dunnack, Mike Morrell