Why You Should Visit
This preserve has about a mile of trail through mountain laurel thickets and beech groves, and along a cove on the Connecticut River. Straddling the Essex/Old Saybrook town line, the preserve occupies the mouth of Turtle Creek, a tidal estuary whose channel supports wild rice and eel grass.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The Turtle Creek Preserve was established with a gift of 89 acres made in partial interests from 1971 to 1978 by the late Dorothy S. Bowles, the wife of the former Connecticut Governor Chester Bowles Sr. Turtle Creek Preserve includes brackish tidal marshes and are part of the globally recognized wetlands complex of Tidelands of the Connecticut River.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
A local volunteer preserve monitor maintains the trails.