Aspetuck Land Trust

PO Box 444 , Westport, CT 06881.

203-331-1906. A non-profit Connecticut Corporation devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport. 1,700 acres of land preserved. The public is welcome to hike trailed Preserves. Trails open dawn to dusk.

Constitution Park

Goldstein Place and Fort Point Street, Norwalk, CT

Constitution Park is a small park along the Norwalk Harbor across from the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Great place to watch barges, rowers and other boats. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 16 to East Norwalk 0.14 miles. Take the US-1 ramp. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto East Avenue and continue 0.49 miles. Turn right onto Van Zant Street/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136 and continue 0.51 miles. Turn right onto Goldstein Pl. The park is on your left at the end of the parking lot. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 16 to East Norwalk and continue 0.11 miles. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Turn right onto East Avenue and continue 0.69 miles. Turn left onto Sea View Avenue and Constitution Park is across the street from Veterans Memorial Park.

Cove Island Park

Cove Road, Stamford, CT

Cove Island Park has it all including developed recreation facilities such as a 1-mile loop walking/running trail, children's play area, a roller blade/cycling path and expansive lawn areas for kite-flying. There are two sandy beaches, a small salt marsh, intertidal mudflats and the estuarine embayments of Holly Pond and the Cove River that provide opportunities for birders to observe water birds. Rocky shoreline areas offer a place for anglers to hook that " big one" and a small bluff offers an excellent viewpoint for those looking for a place view the Sound while strolling along this first-rate shoreline park. Detailed descriptions of the site's coastal resources are provided along the Park's recently completed Long Island Sound interpretive trail. A state-of-the art nature center with displays on Long Island Sound can also be found at the Park. Be sure to consult City's website listed below for required passes/fees to enter park. Non-resident daily and seasonal passes to the Park can now be purchased at the park gate from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Passes can also be purchased at the cashier's office in the Stamford Government Center building, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford. For those wishing to visit the site by bus, CT Transit stops at this Park. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take the US-1 exit which is exit 9 to Route 106/Glenbrook and continue 0.30 miles. Turn left onto East Main Street/US-1/Boston Post Road and continue 0.31 miles. Turn right onto Weed Avenue until Weed Avenue dead ends into Cove Road. The park will be located on your right. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take exit 9 to US-1/Route 106/Glenbrook and continue 0.21 miles. Turn right onto Seaside Avenue and continue 0.64 miles. Turn left onto Cove Road and follow it to the end.

Indian Well State Park

Junction Rte. 110 & 111, Shelton, CT 06484.

Take Rte. 110 east for 5 mi. to park entrance. Once home to the Paugussetts the park has a large beach & picnic area on the Housatonic River. A path at the first parking area leads to Indian Well a dramatic waterfall. A blue blazed trail runs over Stevenson Dam. Picnic shelter, boating, boat launch, fishing, swimming, hiking, field sports, bathrooms. Indian Well was so named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the Park's scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Local Native Americans never actually used the area as a well. Although the falls are lovely, the Park's primary attraction is its location on the western bank of the Housatonic River. The shaded picnic grove at the water's edge is a nice spot to spend a lazy summer day. In 1928 Indian Wells was established as a state park.

Levitt Pavilion/Westport Riverwalk

Jesup Road, Westport, CT

Levitt Pavilion/Westport Riverwalk contains a formal walkway adjacent to the town library that connects to an informal on-grade trail that runs along the Levitt Pavilion waterfront. The formal walkway contains benches and small shade trees and offers great views across the Saugatuck River.  To help you reach Levitt Pavilion/Westport Riverwalk, some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 18 to Sherwood Island State Park and continue 0.16 miles. Take the ramp to US-1/Westport and continue 0.09 miles. Continue onto Sherwood Island Connector/Route 476 North and continue 0.98 miles. Turn left onto Post Road E/US-1 South and continue 1.43 miles. Turn left onto Jesup Road. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the Route 136 exit 17 to Route 33/Westport/Saugatuck and continue 0.27 miles. Turn slight left onto Saugatuck Avenue/Route 136. Continue to follow Saugatuck Avenue and continue 0.41 miles. Saugatuck Avenue becomes Riverside Avenue/Route 33 and continue 1.21 miles. Turn right onto US-1/Post Road West and continue 0.13 miles. Turn right onto Jesup Road. Parking Lot.

Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve

33 Pent Rd., Weston, CT

(203) 568 -6270. The preserve offers hiking, birding, nature study and cross-country skiing. The 20-mile trail system with more than 500 types of trees and flowers winds past dramatic rocky crests, outcroppings, and cliffs forming high ledges partly covered with grasses, mosses, and lichens.

Maritime Aquarium Park

10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT

Outside the Maritime Aquarium there is a nice pavilion on the water and educational signage. Visitors can fish from the public access pier. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 16 to East Norwalk and continue 0.14 miles. Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto East Avenue and continue 0.49 miles. Turn right onto Van Zant Street/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136 for 0.70 miles. Turn left onto North Water Street/Route 136. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 14 to South Norwalk and continue 0.17 miles. Turn right onto Fairfield Avenue and continue 0.39 miles. Fairfield Avenue becomes West Washington Street and continue 0.38 miles. Turn left onto North Water Street. Parking Lot.

Mianus River Fish Way at the River House of Greenwich

125 River Road Extension, Greenwich, CT

This site offers views of the Mianus River Dam and one of the most active diadromous fishways in Connecticut. The public can enjoy views of the river from benches in a small  garden. The newly installed fishway access walk is open to the public throughout the spring migration (late March through June) via a series of open houses.  It is also open by appointment for educational purposes throughout the year, appointments can be made through the Greenwich Conservation Commission. No fishing is allowed at this site or from the viewing area as no fishing is allowed within 200 feet of the fishway. Call: 203-622-0079. From I-95 S take exit 5 to Route 1 (East Putnam Ave). Cross Mianus River bridge and make first right onto River Road Ext. and then another quick right into Green Adult Daycare. From I-95 N take exit 4 Indian Field Rd. Take a left onto Indian Field Rd and ravel for approximately .2 miles, then take a right onto East Putnum Ave/Rt-1. Travel on East Putnum Rd for approximtely .9 miles, then take a left onto River Rd Ext. Greenwich Adult Daycare Center is on your right after a short distance.

Mianus River State Park

Merribrook Lane, Stamford, CT 06880.

Merritt Pkwy to Ex. 34 take 104 north for 3.1 mi., left on River Bank Rd. for 5.1 mi. (name changes to Westover Rd.), right on Merribrook Lane. Park provides an excellent system of short hikes in a setting of great natural beauty along the river that gives access to a variety of secluded fishing spots. Horseback riding & biking.

Newman Poses Nature Preserve

307 and 313 Bayberry Lane, Westport, CT

Aspetuck Land Trust has helped preserve 39 acres of land in Westport which is known as the Newman Poses Nature Preserve.  This nature preserve is the only public memorial approved by the family of the late Paul Newman as a way to honor the actor and philanthropist. Mr. Newman lived near the property and donated a large portion of the land to the town.  The parcel also includes land sold to the town by Lillian Poses, a neighbor and friend of Mr. Newman's who worked on the New Deal in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration and who was one of the first women to graduate from NYU Law School. There is a small 3 car parking lot. If the lot is full, you can park at the turn off at the intersection of Easton Road/Route 136 and Bayberry Lane and walk 500 feet north to the entrance.