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Be among the first to hike "The Preserve", Essex CT

  • The 1st Preserve Parking Lot

    Ingham Hill Road, Essex, CT (map)

    41.330326 -72.419518

  • Drive into Ingham Hill Road and you will see a sign for the parking lot on the left
  • The Preserve Essex CT

    Meet: First Preserve Lot on Ingham Hill Road in Essex

    Be among the first to hike Connecticut's newest large park known as the Preserve. Along with some adjacent land trust property it is about  1200 acres. The hiking trails are just being developed in Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. I will pre hike it and try to find the most interesting and challenging parts. We will hike about 8 + miles around the northern part of the park. It would be great if we have snow and got to snowshoe. The Preserve woodland plays an important role in maintaining water quality in Trout Brook and the Oyster and Mud rivers, which feed into the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.Since 1998, conservationists and community members have worked to protect the woods from a variety of proposed projects-including plans for 200 homes and an 18-hole golf course.

    The Preserve contains the headwaters of the Oyster River, and tributaries of the Mud and Trout Brook Rivers, which eventually flow into Long Island Sound. It also contains 3,100 linear feet of watercourses, 114 acres of wetlands, a 30-acre scrub-shrub swamp, an Atlantic white cedar swamp, and 38 highly productive vernal pools. Red Maple Swamp The dense canopy of forest and the Pequot Swamp Pond act as a refueling stop for many migratory birds, and the many freshwater seeps on the property are home to amphibian species such as the northern dusky salamander, spotted turtles, and box turtles. Bobcats and fishers have also been spotted on the property. The property is home to 25 species of amphibians and reptiles, 30 species of mammals and 57 species of birds. Atlantic White Cedar Grove Species of conservation concern found on the site include: eastern red bat, bobcat, fisher, eastern box turtle, spotted salamander, marbled salamander, northern dusky salamander, red spotted newt, gray treefrog, wood frog, ribbon snake, , eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa), field milkwort (Polygala cruciata), sand blackberry (Rubus cuneifolius), wood thrush, and blue-winged warbler.



    Griswold Inn 36 Main St. Essex CT "Top 100 bars in America" Esquire

    Please bring: SNOWSHOES AND MICROSPIKES + energy snacks, water and ALL gear on the hike safe essentials list: . Wear/bring clothing (no cotton) appropriate for overnight temperatures and proper footwear. Bring a copy of the map and a charged cell phone for emergencies. It is your responsibility to remain with the group during the entire event and let the leader know if you are having difficulties. We may alter the planned event if conditions dictate, are not trained medical professionals and carry minimal 1st aid supplies

    Legal Stuff: The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is not for profit group and its leaders are volunteers. By clicking on "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance and its’ leaders for and related to the above listed event. You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety and the safety of the group and have skills, equipment and supplies for these activities which include risks and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. Participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, participant (and parent/s of minors) assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release and not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

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