Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Nature Preserve

The preserve includes spots to fish, crab, or picnic.
The preserve includes spots to fish, crab, or picnic. Karin Crompton/The Day

Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Nature Preserve

Town: Old Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 70. Left at end of ramp onto Lyme Street, which turns into McCurdy Road after about a mile. Cross Route 156 onto Caulkins Road; turn right immediately; the road bends to the left, then take a quick right onto Joel Road.

Where to Park: Parking area is spacious.

Description: The 25-acre nature preserve where the Duck River enters the Connecticut River includes wide, flat, easy trails. A loop can be completed in about 20 minutes at a brisk pace, or can include more criss-crossing and exploring.

Regulations: Closed at sunset.

Amenities: Picnic tables, an outhouse, letterboxing.

Natural Features: Shore birds, especially owls and osprey; great views of the mouth of the Connecticut River, which is the main scenic draw of the walk.

Fees: Free.

Owned by: Old Lyme Conservation Trust

More information: www.old-lymeconservtrust.org

The short trail includes a handful of spots for stopping to relax.
The short trail includes a handful of spots for stopping to relax. Karin Crompton/The Day
Most of the trail meanders near the mouth of the Connecticut River, near where the Duck River enters.
Most of the trail meanders near the mouth of the Connecticut River, near where the Duck River enters. Karin Crompton/The Day
One whimsical feature of this walk are the letterboxes scattered throughout.
One whimsical feature of this walk are the letterboxes scattered throughout. Karin Crompton/The Day
Heavy rains create a vernal pool in early spring.
Heavy rains create a vernal pool in early spring. Karin Crompton/The Day
The trail is wide and flat in most spots.
The trail is wide and flat in most spots. Karin Crompton/The Day

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