Discover the Hills
Welcome! The Oswegatchie Nature Preserve is free and open to the public to explore year-round. Starting in 2001 the Friends of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve (FOHNP) started efforts to preserve and protect this place of quiet beauty above the Niantic River. In 2007 the nature preserve was dedicated and now consists of 457 acres. The Oswegatchie Hills contain rugged woodlands, vibrant wetlands and spectacular rock formations that serve as essential habitats to flora and fauna while protecting the fragile Niantic River.
Conservation, Research & Education
For over 15 years we have been stewards of the Hills, protecting the flora and fauna and making the hiking trails safe. We work with environmental organizations participating in studies ranging from the FrogWatch Project to the Southern Pine Beetle Study and others. In addition, we created a Pitch Pine Park to provide a pitch pine nursery to help replenish the endangered tree in the Hills, as well as to provide information to visitors about the history and uses of pitch pines.
Save the Hills
For over 20 years, since the threat to develop the Hills intensified, we continue our work to protect the adjacent 236 acres that are threatened with over-development. In 2016 the Friends joined forces with Save the River-Save the Hills and Save the Sound to establish the Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition. This rare coastal forest is the last mile of salt water frontage in CT that is not yet protected or developed. The health of the Niantic River is dependent on the health of the Hills.
The preserve is a pristine habitat for a multitude of flora and fauna, and serves to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Niantic River, as well as the rich archaeological history in place since the days of the Nehantic Tribe. This rugged forest, teeming with wildlife, vibrant wetlands and spectacular rock formations, will remain a place of quiet beauty forever.