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Why You Should Visit
This preserve offers a three-mile hike through dry oak woods, along massive rock outcrops, over a rock bluff with a view toward the south, down to a stream, past overgrown fields, and along an old farm lane. Although the vista overlooks Route 9, visitors can see distant mowed fields and may spot some turkey vultures, which can often been seen from this opening in the forest cover.
Approximately 150 acres
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The preserve was created by a donation from Helen Lohman of Middletown in 1967; she named the area after the sad state in which she found her gardens every spring.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The chapter monitors this site on a regular basis.
Dawn to dusk
A trail provides easy access year-round, with a gradual incline leading to a lookout.
What to See: Plants
In the spring, look for bloodroot and trillium. Jack-in-the-pulpit and geranium are common.
What to See: Animals
Watch for turkey vultures from the overlook; in spring, the ledges have vernal pools, which are essential habitat for woodland frogs and salamanders.
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.
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