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Why You Should Visit
At the mouth of the 410-mile Connecticut River, this wind-swept barrier beach affords a unique perspective on the river’s estuary and Long Island Sound.
25 acres, including upland areas.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
This important area was protected beginning in 1974 in a series of bargain sales involving four landowners, one of whom, Dr. Matthew Griswold of Old Lyme, donated his interest in the land to the Conservancy. In addition to being an exemplary barrier beach, Griswold Point is nesting habitat for the federally threatened piping plover and the least tern, which is threatened in Connecticut.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Conservancy staff and volunteers monitor the populations of least terns and piping plovers at this and two other beaches in Connecticut in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Dawn to dusk
Breached by a winter storm in 1993, this mile long sandspit can only be completely explored at low tide. Visitors are asked to respect the signs and fences and keep their dogs leashed.
What to See: Plants
Sea rocket among the driftwood on the upper beach, with purple flowers from July through September, thereafter developing a distinctive double-seed pod. By the dune’s edge, look for beach pea, which joins the beach grass in stabilizing the dunes.
What to See: Animals
Piping plovers and least terns nest here in the summer; a wide variety of wading birds and other waterfowl visible year round. Their nesting areas are clearly marked during nesting season — please do not enter them. Nesting osprey visible in spring and summer on various platforms around Griswold Point and nearby Great Island.
Please enjoy your visit to this preserve. The Nature Conservancy welcomes passive recreation, including hiking, birding, canoeing, nature study and cross-country skiing.
To ensure those who visit after you are able to enjoy the same experience you have, please remember to stay on designated trails, pack out everything you brought in, and contact our office at: 203-568-6270 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any problems.
To maintain the ecological integrity of the preserve, the following activities are not allowed: collection of plant or animal specimens, camping, fires, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and use of motorized vehicles. Pets are not allowed on Nature Conservancy preserves.
Summertime access is by boat only:
Griswold Point can be reached on foot between Labor Day and Memorial Day: