Raven's Woods

A footbridge crosses a stream a short way into the walk.
A footbridge crosses a stream a short way into the walk. Karin Crompton/The Day

Raven's Wood

Town: East Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 72 (Rocky Neck). At end of exit, take a left onto Rt. 156. In about 1.5 miles, turn right onto Fairhaven Road. Follow about a half mile and turn right onto Brainard Road. Drive to the end of Brainard; a parking area is on the right.

Where to Park: A small dirt parking area at the entrance includes parking for 3 to 4 cars.

Description: Raven's Woods is 22 acres of woods that sits along the Pattagansett Rier as it flows south near Giant's Neck. The main trail is about a half mile out and back and is generally wide with good footing. There are two side paths that branch off of the main trail. There are a few areas with roots and divots.

Regulations: No hunting or motorized vehicles allowed.

Amenities: Picnic tables and a low-impact campsite. Permits for the campsite are available through the East Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc., at (860) 739-5377.

Natural Features: Views of the Pattagansett River, streams, a large oak tree, bird-watching.

Fees: None.

Things to Note: A number of side trails branch off of the Raven's Wood trail. Though not a part of the Raven's Wood trail system, they are well established and generally easy to follow. Many of them appear to be biking trails built over the years by the nearby subdivisions.

Owned by: East Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc.

More information: For more information on the Trust, call (860) 739-5377.

A small parking lot with trash cans and a picnic table is located at the Brainerd Road end of the trail.
A small parking lot with trash cans and a picnic table is located at the Brainerd Road end of the trail. Karin Crompton/The Day
A sign marks one of two entrances to the trail.
A sign marks one of two entrances to the trail. Karin Crompton/The Day
The short trail affords some pretty views along the way.
The short trail affords some pretty views along the way. Karin Crompton/The Day
A clearing near this tree includes a picnic table and stone wall.
A clearing near this tree includes a picnic table and stone wall. Karin Crompton/The Day
Mystery prints in the mud; they were about the size of a raccoon print but don’t look like a raccoon’s.
Mystery prints in the mud; they were about the size of a raccoon print but don’t look like a raccoon’s. Karin Crompton/The Day
Keep your eyes open if you wander onto a side trail.
Keep your eyes open if you wander onto a side trail. Karin Crompton/The Day
The path is normally flat and wide, and generally easy to walk.
The path is normally flat and wide, and generally easy to walk. Karin Crompton/The Day

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