Burnham Brook Preserve
Burnham Brook Burnham Brook Preserve © David Gumbart

Places We Protect

Burnham Brook Preserve


This large forested preserve protects the headwaters of the Eightmile River.

  • With your help, TNC has protected this remarkable oasis for birds, wildlife and people in East Haddam.
  • We've worked with landowners and donors like you to expand this critical habitat to its current 1,122 acres.
  • Burnham Brook Preserve protects a classic Atlantic salmon habitat in nearly pristine condition.

Why You Should Visit 

This is an upland site that protects the watersheds of Burnham Brook, Strong Brook, and the Eightmile River. It is close to 1,000-acre Devil's Hopyard State Park.

Why TNC Selected This Site

This preserve's section of the Eightmile River is a classic Atlantic salmon habitat in nearly pristine condition.

What TNC Has Done/Is Doing 

Because of its location in the watershed of the Eightmile River, one of the most important conservation areas of the Tidelands of the Connecticut River region, Burnham Brook has remained a high conservation priority in recent years, to which TNC has added wherever possible with acquisitions and conservation easements. 


Trails provide easy access; trail map available at entrance. 

What to See: Plants 

This large and varied preserve includes a wide variety of oaks, hickory, beech, birch, maple, and conifers, as well as a mountain laurel and other shrubs, and many herbs and wildflowers.

What to See: Animals

More than 180 bird species have been sighted on the preserve.

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 ct@tnc.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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