Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Niantic, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

lake

rocky

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

geocaching
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun walk with some interesting features. Amazingly quiet considering how close to civilization you are. Many side trails to explore, I will go back again.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy to follow the trails. Loved it.

2 months ago

a great escape

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Amazing scenery, very well marked and maintained, and at the trailhead they even had paper maps available with info about the areas history. Overall, a great experience!

hiking
3 months ago

Trails are clearly marked, although the yellow on the map is more of a red/orange on the trails. The green trail was nothing special, but the yellow and blue trails are beautiful. All of the trails were clean and well-maintained. It was pretty buggy in some areas, but that's easily remedied with some spray. Keep an eye out for wildlife; we saw a very large dear partway through our hike.

hiking
5 months ago

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7 months ago

Pleasant trail hike and lots of Mountain Laurel along the trail pathways.

hiking
7 months ago

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11 months ago

Monday, October 17, 2016

I found the trails very clearly marked, and the trail maps easy to follow. The total land area is not large, but it's well-maintained and makes good use of the space. I especially liked the bare rock areas--beautiful, and a bit creepy in a mild "Pet Sematary" kind of way. One of them features a small lawn bunny in white ceramic, missing its ears but presiding benignly over the rock. All in all, a great place to do a fair amount of hiking in a relatively small area, with excellent visuals!

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trail can loop to about 3.0-4.0 miles depending on the loop you choose to create. If crossing in the middle of the preserve there is steeper incline, not as easy to do with young children. I suggest parking by Veterans Field where there are typically more trail maps available, and if there are not, there is a picture of the trail maps that you can take a photo of on your phone. Trails are very well marked and there is a nice mix of terrain. A nice loop is to start at on the red trails along Clark Pond, to the blue and then to the yellow by the quarry. The quarry is a nice stopping point for a snack if hiking with kids. Hike back on the blue trail (to the green and back to the blue) for views of Clark Pond in the fall or winter, when the views are much better. Add a short loop on the green at the end if you want to stretch the hike to about 4 miles.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

trail map write out isnt vary good with actual trail as on paper it looks alot smoother , the color codes isnt vary clear some parts of the trail you can end up off thw trail with out realizing it we ware going to just do the quick loop green trail that meet up with the blue trail there is no signs that informa us to head back to the main entry we ended up going deeper into the woods had to turn around and join up with the red trail after being on the red trail it meets up on a fork of both red trails pointing in two diffrent directions agin with no clue as too what direction leads back too main entry , at one point the blue trail has us scale a cliff its real steap like doing rock climbing and then abother time we ended up along power lines , over all it could be better mapped but the trails itself was good