Salem Riverside Preserve
4.6 acres in Salem, CT
Parking: Small lot near 345 Darling Rd, Salem, CT
The Salem Riverside Preserve
is the newest property of the Salem Land Trust. The Woodland Warbler Preserve has taken over as the newest property of the land trust. I visited Salem Riverside in the early fall of 2019 and found a short well-maintained .25 mile loop.
From the parking area you pass close to private property and through dense understory as you head downhill towards the waterway. The Salem Land Trust site notes,
In the spring a healthy vernal pool containing clusters of Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander eggs can be found. The forest is partly oak/beech/maple upland, and partly pine/hardwood upland. The river banks are lined with laurel and much of the understory of the forested areas is blueberry and huckleberry.
You soon reach a small clearing among some beech trees with a view of the east branch of the Eightmile River. The area is rock lined and peaceful. The loop then continues back to the parking area.
Preserved by the Salem Land Trust by donation in 2018.