Alewife Cove Nature Walk

A view of Alewife Cove from the Ocean Beach Park Alewife Cove Gateway Trail.
A view of Alewife Cove from the Ocean Beach Park Alewife Cove Gateway Trail. Abigail Pheiffer/ The Day

Ocean Beach Park Alewife Cove Gateway Trail

Town: New London

Directions: From I-95 southbound, take Exit 84 or from northbound, exit 83 (downtown New London) onto Huntington Street, merge onto Eugene O'Neill Drive; left at Tilley Street; right onto Bank Street; left onto Ocean Avenue; follow to end, right onto Neptune Ave to park entrance.

Where to Park: There is a large paved parking lot.

Description: Nature trail is part of the 50-acre beach park. It's a short though pleasant and easy path through dunes and along Alewife Cove to where it meets Long Island Sound. Often used for youth environmental education lessons.

Regulations: No dogs or bicycles.

Amenities: Observation deck looks out over Long Island Sound, mouth of Thames River and Ledge Light. Benches near entrance and along trail. Bathrooms on boardwalk are open during beach season.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes.

Natural Features: Good place to see salt marsh habitat and shore birds.

Fees: Use of nature trail comes with general park admission. During the summer beach season, park admission is $22 on weekends, $17 on weekdays, $6 on weeknights, $10 on pre- and post-season weekends, and $30 on holidays, with season passes available. Off-season admission is free.

Owned by: City of New London. Trail was the project of Save Ocean Beach, the Long Island Sound Fund and Boston Concessions.

More information: www.ocean-beach-park.com

The nature trail follows Alewife Cove; both are popular spots for school groups getting some hands-on lessons in natural science. This group uses seine nets to capture marine creatures for further examination.
The nature trail follows Alewife Cove; both are popular spots for school groups getting some hands-on lessons in natural science. This group uses seine nets to capture marine creatures for further examination. Judy Benson/The Day
A flower blooms on the edge of the trail.
A flower blooms on the edge of the trail. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
A view across Alewife Cove.
A view across Alewife Cove. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Rocks in Alewife Cove are covered in seaweed. The tides from Long Island Sound periodically cover the cove in salt water.
Rocks in Alewife Cove are covered in seaweed. The tides from Long Island Sound periodically cover the cove in salt water. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
A rock in Alewife Cove is covered in seaweed.
A rock in Alewife Cove is covered in seaweed. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Flowers bloom along the trail.
Flowers bloom along the trail. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Seagulls come into Alewife Cove to search for food and rest on the beaches.
Seagulls come into Alewife Cove to search for food and rest on the beaches. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
A view of the New London Ledge Light.
A view of the New London Ledge Light. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day

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