Greenwich CT Hikes: Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary

Its name doesn’t lie; Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary is positively bursting with wildflowers! Greenwich, Connecticut is just a stone throw away from the Westchester, New York border and makes for a delightful little day trip. You can find a really wonderful hike just a few moments out of the town center [North Porchuck Road, 0.5 miles east of Riversville Road in Greenwich]. Violets, trout lilies, wood anemone, and so many more blossoms carpet the forest floor.

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There are over eight miles of trails within the sanctuary and while the map is slightly confusing [] we decided to just head right at every junction creating a perimeter, and choosing additional trails of particular interest close to the parking lot. For some time we followed a creek with a lush little waterfall.


We sat on a rock in the middle of the creek and soaked up some sun and listened to the water run. You can see a few private homes in the distance, what a lucky location to be so close to this place. We saw some garter snakes who politely posed for us, while enjoying the sun as well.

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So many birds were active here, we heard the sound of woodpeckers and spotted some stunning iridescent tree swallows swooping and swaying in the meadow happily.

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There are many habitats present ranging from forest, to meadow, to wetlands, and each is unique and beautiful in its own way.

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Shockingly we didn’t run into any people at the preserve, just an abundance of wildlife. What a delightful place to immerse yourself into the sights, sounds, and smells of nature!

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