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Devil's Den Preserve Circuit Hike

7.2 mile hike of moderate difficulty - best for hikers that are past the beginner stage. The Nature Conservancy owns this gem located in the towns of Redding and Weston. (link further down in this section)

We will be exploring woodlands, swamps, rock ledges and ravines. This is the largest continuous preserve in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the preserve - so we will miss some of our four legged friends on this trip.

If we have snow or ice, micro-spikes or snowshoes may be necessary.

Directions to Devil's Den Preserve:

For GPS navigation, direct to 33 Pent Road, Weston, CT.

From the Merritt Parkway: Take exit 42 for CT-57. Go north on CT-57 for 3.8 miles, then bear right at flashing light to follow CT-53 for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Godfrey Road West and drive 0.5 miles. Make a right onto Pent Road. Road ends at parking lot.

From I-84: Take exit 3 for US-7 S. Follow US-7 for 10 miles and turn left onto CT-107. Take the first right onto CT-57. Turn left onto Godfrey Road West and drive 0.6 miles. Make a sharp left onto Pent Road. Road ends at parking lot.

I request that all hikers joining my outings wear boots and appropriate hiking clothing (no blue jeans).

Layers that are easy to peel off and on are especially important in colder weather. You will get very warm while we hike and quickly chill when we stop for breaks. Inappropriate wear may actually make the hike difficult for you and if you have difficulty it will impact the other hikers.

Please bring 2 bottles of water and snacks - especially items containing protein and sugars.

As with all of the Alliance hikes... we will have an apres-hike outing. If you know the Weston, CT area, please suggest a locale near our hike location.

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http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/connecticut/placesweprotect/lucius-pond-ordwaydevils-den-preserve.xml

A History of Devil's Den:

Archaeological evidence indicates Devil’s Den was occupied by semi-nomadic Native Americans as early as 3000 B.C. Its overhanging rock formations were used as short-term shelters during hunting.More recently, historical records tell us that David Adams sold the land to Nathaniel Squires in 1767.

Squires is believed to have built an oscillating sawmill during the American Revolution. Its wood was used primarily to build homes for the colonists. The Godfreys later bought the pond, sawmill and four acres from the Squires, and four successive generations ran the mill for 95 years.The presence of stone walls and foundations suggests that some of the land in Devil’s Den also was used for agriculture, but forestry was its primary industry from the early 1700s until about 1930.

In the 1800s and up until about 1920, charcoal was produced at as many as 30 sites throughout the preserve. The charcoal was used for many purposes, including fueling iron forges. When technology advanced, charcoal was no longer in such high demand, and this type of production ceased.In 1966, Katharine Ordway, a local philanthropist, began donating the funds that enabled The Nature Conservancy to purchase the original 1,400 acres of Devil's Den. Today, the preserve is 1,756 acres and hosts more than 40,000 visitors each year.

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  • jen

    Thank you, everyone. It was a wonderful day wandering through the woods with you.

    January 21, 2013

  • Bob

    What more can a say another great day with a great group of people.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for another great hike! Great photos too.

    January 20, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Great and great people too!

    January 20, 2013

  • prabhu

    Fantabulous hike and pictures

    January 20, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!!

    January 20, 2013

  • Carol A.

    Terrific outdoor playmates today!

    January 20, 2013

  • Carol A.

    today was fun... and the last section with the beautiful rocks mirrored the beauty of the today's hikers! Thank you all for coming out to play!

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic

    January 19, 2013

  • Brett CrossStuntry S.

    Longer than ideal drIve for a better than average hike... Nice history...

    January 19, 2013

  • Brett CrossStuntry S.

    Forgot who asked... backpack was 28# when Thermos was full, 25# by end of Hike, yet I was about 2# heavier (drank more than sweat & relief)... Thank you, all, for a wonderful day!

    January 19, 2013

  • Patrizia

    My first hike with this particular group! What a lovely day, with many old and new friends. Thank you, Carol Ann for allowing me to join with such a short notice!

    January 19, 2013

  • Mary

    enjoyable meandering trails with good company...thanks Carol Ann...hope you organize more hikes in and around Fairfield County!

    January 19, 2013

  • Laurie

    This one's over a 2 hour journey for me. I'm looking for someone to carpool from the Hartford area ( I will be coming down 84) that is also attending the apres hike event. [masked]

    January 17, 2013

  • Brett CrossStuntry S.

    I am game!
    Especially if car/van/truck pooling from Newington/Berlin/Wethersfield/RockyHill/NewBritain/WestHartford/surrounding area...
    I have big truck, so if 4 of you (with packs or dogs) wish to go with me, I am game to drive... or I can pack small or hike without dogs or both... Call[masked]

    January 17, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Anyone want to commute together. I live in Newington.

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For the apres-hike I recommend the Lumberyard Pub, just a few miles north of the park in Georgetown.

    January 5, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Address = 2 Main Street, West Redding, CT

      January 5, 2013

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