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Devil's Den Preserve (Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve)
|Park Overview:|| |
Also known as Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve, this is the Nature Conservancy Connecticut Chapter's largest contiguous preserve and is ideal for outdoor recreation.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, X-C skiing|
|Trail Miles:||20 miles|
|Park Acreage:||1700 acres|
|Park Description:|| |
The preserve was established by the late Katharine Ordway, an heiress of the 3M fortune, through a series of donations from 1966 through 1968, beginning with a 1,300-acre purchase from the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company. It is said that it got its name because of some of the bear print marks on rocks which supposedly look like they have been burned by the devil's hot feet.
Over 500 types of trees and wildflowers can be found in the preserve, including Indian Pipe, Pink Lady's Slipper and Cardinal Flower. The animal population includes Red Fox, Bobcat, Coyote, Eastern Copperhead, Wood Duck, Ruffled Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, and more than 140 other bird species. It is remarkable for the relative scarcity of harmful invasive plants and animals. The summit of granitic Deer Knoll rises 485 feet above sea level and has a lot of tortured looking oaks and pitch pine.
You can hike, bird, canoe and cross-country ski.
|Trails Overview:|| |
A 20-mile trail system takes you to views of rocky crests, the scenic Godfrey Pond, remnants of two sawmills. the beautiful views over the Saugatuck Reservoir from the Great Ledge, and outcroppings and cliffs forming high ledges covered with grasses, mosses and lichens. Click here for a trail map and brochure. It includes part of the extensive Saugatuck Valley Trail System which you can explore at this link A permit is required to hike this system, but the "permit" only consists of a trail map which you can print at this link.
During hunting season, hikers should be aware of the restrictions published at the preserve's web page.
For electronic navigation and mapping enter the address "33 Pent Road, Weston, CT 06883."
From the south and the Merritt Parkway
From the north and Route 107 in Georgetown
From I-84 in Danbury
|Contact Information:||Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve |