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Devils Den Nature Preserve Perimeter

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A perimeter hike of the Nature Conservancy's Devils Den Preserve.


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

Loop

590' 180 m

High

281' 86 m

Low

610' 186 m

Up

618' 188 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Limited parking.

Overview

A great diverse hike complete with water features, unique geology, and beautiful views of the Saugatuck Reservoir.

Need to Know

Limited parking with a private driveway near lot; please do not block.

Description

From the parking area, start counter-clockwise on Pent Trail followed by a left on the Saugatuck Trail. Take a right on Ambler Trail when you reach the junction. Follow Ambler Trail northeast until you reach Den Trail; take a left. You'll head north a short ways until reaching Bedford Trail, then continue north for a while.

Eventually, you'll meet up with the Deer Run Trail and proceed northeast. Continue straight east onto the Great Ledge Trail, then make your way around the Redding Great Ledge Trail using the connectors. Return to the Great Ledge Trail and begin heading south until you reach Dayton Trail, heading southeast. At the junction of Pillars Trail, head southwest. At the junction of Godfrey Trail and Aspetuck Trail, go left onto Aspetuck, and head south until taking a left on Troop 7 Trail. To finish, turn onto Perry Trail, take the connector, and return to the parking lot on Laurel Trail.

This trail loops around the perimeter of the Devils Den Nature Preserve (Nature Conservancy). All trails are well-marked and a mix of old road and narrow singletrack. You really get a sense of wilderness at the preserve. You'll see rare old-growth forest, wetlands, rock outcropping/cliffs, stone walls, a major creek crossing with a foot-bridge, culminating with a view of the Saugatuck Reservoir at the cliffs near the northern end of the loop. I was treated to a bobcat and red fox sighting! The hike is truly spectacular, not a boring section to be found.

Flora & Fauna

Fox, bobcat, and deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Terlep

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

CT doubletrack running along an old stone wall, marking historic farmland.
Jan 7, 2015 near Georgetown, CT
Panorama of creek crossing just after my encounter with a red fox!
Jun 18, 2019 near Georgetown, CT
Post-sunset view of the Saugatuck Reservoir
Jun 18, 2019 near Redding , CT
Awesome boulders and creek
Jun 18, 2019 near Georgetown, CT
Cool rock formations
Jun 18, 2019 near Georgetown, CT
Historic Connecticut doubletrack.
Jan 7, 2015 near Georgetown, CT

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