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Bent of the River Audubon Center has approximately 15 miles of hiking trails that pass through meadows and woods and are open from sunrise to sunset. Some of these trails traverse over countryside that feels very remote and wild even though we are located less than 2 miles north of Interstate 84 in Southbury, Connecticut.

Suggested Trail Use Donation: $5

Trail Closures (last updated 8-5-20)

As of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, all meadow trails, including the Front Meadow and Althea's Meadow, are open. However, most of the forest trails are closed due to the August 4th storm—only Cascade Trail and Beaver Loop Trail are open.

The following trails are currently closed:

  • All forest trails (except Cascade Trail and Beaver Loop Trail are open)
  • Cascade Tap (side trail to The Cascade, off of Cascade Trail)
  • Eagle Overlook Trail
  • Howard's Run
  • Manquash Gap
  • Mitchell's Farm Trail Loop
  • Scalo's Trail (aka Sachem Trail)
  • South Pool Trail


Trail Map

Trail Rules

The center is for the protection, study, and enjoyment of nature:

  • Please leave pets and bikes at home
  • No hunting, fishing, or collecting of any plants or materials
  • No river access except with an educational tour
  • Please stay on the trails (do not wander into the meadows or forest)
  • Take only pictures and leave only footprints
  • Please respect our neighbors’ privacy and stay on center grounds
  • The house on the property is a private residence (please respect the property boundaries)

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