They envision a 700-acre Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, adjacent to the Niantic River and extending from Veterans Memorial Field to Golden Spur in East Lyme, Connecticut, as publicly-accessible land where visitors are inspired to appreciate and respect nature and nature preservation.
It will remain a pristine habitat for a multitude of flora and fauna, and serve to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Niantic River, as well as the rich archaeological history in place since the days of the Nehantic Tribe. This rugged forest, teeming with wildlife and filled with ponds, streams, and spectacular rock formations, sloping to an unspoiled saltwater frontage, will remain a place of quiet beauty forever.
“Trail can loop to about 3.0-4.0 miles depending on the loop you choose to create. If crossing in the middle of the preserve there is steeper incline, not as easy to do with young children. I suggest parking by Veterans Field where there are typically more trail maps available, and if there are not, there is a picture of the trail maps that you can take a photo of on your phone. Trails are very well marked and there is a nice mix of terrain. A nice loop is to start at on the red trails along Clark Pond, to the blue and then to the yellow by the quarry. The quarry is a nice stopping point for a snack if hiking with kids. Hike back on the blue trail (to the green and back to the blue) for views of Clark Pond in the fall or winter, when the views are much better. Add a short loop on the green at the end if you want to stretch the hike to about 4 miles.”
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