Oswegatchie Hills

This fungus was found growing in the middle of the trail in early March.

Oswegatchie Hills

Town: East Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 74; right onto Route 161 south, follow for several miles until the entrance to Veterans Field, on your left (across from gas station). A nearby sign directs you to the trail entrance.

Where to Park: Park in the parking lot by the softball field.

Description: Several trails of various lengths, the longest of which is about 3 miles and moderately strenuous and hilly in spots.

Regulations: No motorized vehicles. Closed at sunset.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: The preserve is largely comprised of two major rock ridges running north and south; between the ridges is the ravine gouged out by glaciers. Scenic views and wetlands throughout the area, including Clark Pond at the south entrance.

Fees: Free.

Good to know: Trails have been re-blazed recently. A new map can be found on the Friends Web site. There are five other entrances in addition to Veterans Field; consult Web site for locations

Owned by: Town of East Lyme and East Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

More information: http://www.oswhills.org/

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The trail begins by Clark Pond in the far southern end of the Hills.
The trail begins by Clark Pond in the far southern end of the Hills.
The trail goes up and over a large fallen tree, or routes around it.
The trail goes up and over a large fallen tree, or routes around it.
Mountain laurel blossoms can be seen all along the trail in June.
Mountain laurel blossoms can be seen all along the trail in June.
At the northeast part of the trail, hikers will find the remnants of a couple of old granite quarries.
At the northeast part of the trail, hikers will find the remnants of a couple of old granite quarries.
Thawing ice makes interesting patterns in early March.
Thawing ice makes interesting patterns in early March.

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