Bent of the River Sanctuary

Audubon Center

700 acres in Southbury, CT

Parking: Medium sized lot near 185 E Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT

Trail Map        Trails:             Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I visited the Bent of the River on a 94 degree day in July.  Parking is next to a sun soaked meadow filled with flowers of all kinds, birds and butterflies flitted about.

I started off on the River Trail through what appears to be a covered bridge that serves as the trailhead kiosk.  The trail follows the edge of the meadow along the river until it enters the trees.  There is a large sculpture resting area and access to the river, though they prohibit fishing.

Beyond that is a raised boardwalk above a sea of ferns which shortly leads to the barn and gardens.  The barn was closed during my visit though the gardens were well kept by the Southbury Gardening Club.

I took Pootatuck Rd north and crossed paths with a tractor who had just been doing a bit of trail maintenance.  I took the overlook trail to a very lackluster overlook.  There is only a tiny peek of a view (at least in the summer) that left me underwhelmed.

Things went downhill from here (both literally and figuratively).  Looping back I found that nearly every other trail is closed.

  • Cascade Tap (side trail to The Cascade, off of Cascade Trail)
  • Eagle Overlook Trail
  • Howard’s Run
  • Manquash Gap
  • Mitchell’s Farm Trail Loop
  • Scalo’s Trail (aka Sachem Trail)
  • South Pool Trail

I took the Tulip Tree trail back to Pootatuck Rd and the driveway back to the visitor parking.  I think the trails are closed due to lack of maintenance, perhaps a storm caused a number of fallen trees.  So while the first bit of the hike along the river was great the rest was a bit of a let down.  I look forward to the trails reopening as they seem promising but, until then, there’s just a couple short options.


Opened to the public in 2000.  Read a full history on the Audubon’s official page here.


Peter Marteka – A Trip To The ‘Bent’ Of The Pomperaug River (2014)

CTMQ – 137. Audubon at Bent of the River (2009)

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Last updated July 20th, 2020

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