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Barnes Boat Launch

Donald W. Barnes Boat Launch

Connecticut River Boat Launch

Location: S River St, Enfield, CT


The northernmost boat launch on the eastern side of the Connecticut River with ample parking and the ruins of an old bridge off shore.

I started my paddle down to Long Island Sound from this boat launch in summer 2019.

Beach Pond

Parcel of Pachaug State Forest / Rhode Island State Park

in Voluntown, CT and Rhode Island

Parking: Large lot at the Beach Pond Boat Launch

Trail Map


I hiked the trail during CT Trails Day 2019 as part of a 32 mile loop with Mat Jobin from Reach Your Summit.  The area is great for short hikes and boating.

Hiking

As part of Connecticut’s blue blaze Pachaug Trail this trail is well maintained and is one of the few trails that crosses into another state.  Heading southbound takes you through high rock ledges and around a marshy area before crossing into Rhode Island.  There is a trail register at the border and you’ll notice that the iconic Connecticut blue blazes switch to a much darker blue the rest of the section.  The first stretch into Rhode Island around the Pachaug River is pretty wet and required some careful footing, but the trail soon heads up and out to pine forests along the banks of the pond.  There are several viewpoints at the waters edge until you reach Rt. 165.  There are no options for a short loop hike ( most aren’t looking for a 32 mile loop) so you’ll have to retrace your steps.  If I remember right it was about 2.5 miles one way.

Heading northbound the trail heads into interesting rock formations right off the bat.  This section of trail is much less popular and less maintained.  It also makes for a great short out and back.  Continuing further meets several marshy reservoirs.

Boating

The DEEP maintains a boat launch on the Connecticut side (it is less suitable for large craft) and the DFE has one on Rt 165 in Rhode Island.  Connecticut stocks the pond with walleye and Rhode Island stocks Brown and Rainbow Trout.  The pond is 430 acres and is as deep as 60ft in some places.  There are no official swimming areas in the main section.

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Last updated June 2nd 2019
Preston Nature Preserve

Avalonia Land Conservancy Property

55.7 acres in Preston, CT

Parking: Shoulder parking near 29 Krug Rd, Preston, CT

Trail Map


The Preston Nature Preserve is a partial/incomplete listing as I have not yet explored this property.

History:

Preserved in 1989.


Links:

Avalonia E-Trails Blog – High Meadow in the Summer

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Shunock Brook Preserve

Shunock Brook Preserve

Avalonia Land Conservancy Property

113.12 acres in North Stonington, CT

Parking: Shoulder parking near 71 Babcock Rd North Stonington, CT

Trail Map


Shunock Brook Preserve is a partial/incomplete listing as I have not yet explored the property.

History:

Preserved in 1994.


Links:

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Reed Mitchell Preserve

Mitchell Preserve & Reed Woodlands

Avalonia Land Conservancy Property

244.68 acres in North Stonington and Preston, CT

Parking: At the bend near 400-406 NW Corner Rd, North Stonington, CT

Trail Map


The Reed Mitchell Preserve is a partial/incomplete listing as I have not yet explored this property.

History:


Links:

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