Enter the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve via Veterans Memorial Park by turning onto Memorial Park Drive off of Rte. 161. There is ample parking adjacent to the ballfields. There is a large informational kiosk, where you can pick up a trail map before your hike and leave us your comments after! This is the southern access to both the Red and Blue Trails with vistas of both Clark and Smith Ponds. Clark Pond was created around 1900 by entrepreneur Byron Clark, the Pond served as a source of ice that fishermen used to preserve their catch (information provided by Elizabeth Hall Kuchta, East Lyme Town Historian).
The following are not allowed:
Please respect the Hills and our Neighbors
Stewardship & Preserve Management
Friends of The Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve (FOHNP) is part of a partnership agreement with the Town of East Lyme. FOHNP is involved not only in efforts to acquire new land, but also in stewardship of the Preserve. This stewardship, by agreement with the Town, includes:
- providing, installing and maintaining signage, fencing, boundary and trail markers, and trail guides,
- coordinating regular trail maintenance, including trail upkeep, debris removal, trail modifications/expansion,
- patrolling the Preserve as necessary to resolve any conflicts or safety concerns,
- coordinating annual walks of the Preserve to monitor for encroachments and identify potential management issues.
We are Busy! Conservation Projects presently underway:
- Entrance Improvement Project and Installation of Bridge at Clark Pond
- Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak Conservation Project
- Creation of a blue bird trail with local scouts
- Installation of a Purple Martin Nesting Site at Veterans Fields
- Participants in the National Frog Watch Program
- Mitigation of trail erosion by abandoning and realigning trails on wide old logging/fire roads