Gillettes Castle Hike with Bald Eagle Viewing

March is a great time to view the Bald Eagle's nesting on the Connecticut River.  We park at the Ferry Launch on the East Haddam side and ascend up to Gillettes castle where you can use your binocular's or pay for views through view finders!

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 82, which is the exit for CT-85. Turn right onto CT-85 North, continue to follow for 10.1 miles. Turn left onto CT-82/East Haddam Road. Continue to follow for 8.3 miles. Stay straight to go onto CT-148/Ferry Road for 1.5 miles. Continue on Ferry Road until the end where the boat launch is. address From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 70, which is theCT-156 exit. Turn left onto CT-156/US-1, continue to follow for 6.0 miles. Stay straight to go onto Mt. Archer Road. Continue on Mt. Archer Road for 1.8 miles. Mt. Archer Road becomes Brush Hill Road, continue to follow for 1.9 miles. Turn left onto CT-148/Ferry Road. Continue for 1.5 miles until the end of the road where the boat launch is. 8: Turn LEFT onto CT-148/FERRY RD. 1.5 miles Map

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  • karen c.

    Jack and I had the best time Sunday during the hike. Thanks to all the photographers for the beautiful memories.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Mimi B.

    I injured my shoulder yesterday, and this morning find I have difficulties lifting and moving my arm. I will have to decline my participation. Sorry for the late notice-

    March 3, 2013

    • Belinda N. A.

      So sorry to hear it Mimi! You were missed but we look forward to seeing you soon...

      March 4, 2013

  • Susan B.

    Love the photos :)

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Belinda N. A.

    Great time today! Sorry the trails were out of commission but hope you enjoyed the extra cardio!!!!! :)

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Susan B.

      We had a great time! We should sleep well. Lucky and Tara are exhausted!

      1 · March 3, 2013

  • Rhonda LaPointe F.

    I hit the waiting list. Does Jim get to come, too, if I get to attend? Is this limited to 15 because it's a guided tour?

    February 25, 2013

  • Barbara

    over did life today-- 3 gym classes and hike. Need to rest. Have fun searching for eagles.

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Jeff S

    Are dogs welcome on this hike? Was not sure since we are in search of eagles

    March 2, 2013

  • Andrea

    I wish I had gotten this a day or two sooner. It seemed like a bunch of people were already committed to go and I wouldn't make it off the waiting list. Unfortunately I ended up making other plans yesterday. I definitely want to join another weekend though.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Sarah R.

    Unfortunately have to cancel--hope someone on the waiting list can go and enjoy! :)

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Mary Ann G.

    Regrets! See you all next time.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry we can't make this weekend my dog is ill. I hope to meet you all soon.

    February 25, 2013

  • Andrea

    I'm really hoping to come. I joined the group a while back and my 11 year old greyhound was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a short time after, so she wasn't able to make any hikes. I now have a new puppy that would very much benefit from a good hike to tucker him out. Hope we are able to go.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sheryl J.

    Hoping I can make it past the wait list! Sounds like a fun experience and I'm sure Shelby would have a great time!

    February 25, 2013

  • Jess

    Sounds great!

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Sarah R.

    My husband, our puppy, and I would love to go. :)

    1 · January 10, 2013

  • Mary Ann G.

    Sounds like fun/ I will come depending on location.

    1 · December 5, 2012

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