Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Nature Preserve

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

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

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