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Paul A. Cullens Wildlife Preserve (Key Rock)


The parcel has inherent qualities which constitute significant community value. The swamp is the headwater area of the North Branch of the Pootatuck River. As such, it is itegerant to the Pootatuck Aquifer – one of the important, stratified drift aquifers in the lower Housatonic River Basin.

One past member wrote, “Access from Key Rock Road is formidable and rapidly declines in human adaptability…” as broach through the swamp. Better access can be had from the Drummer’s Lane on the corner with Rt. 302.

Trails: NO Bequest from:
Charles Blakeman (1964 - 99 acres), Clara Tead (1965 - 10 acres), Charles Ferris (1969 - 11 acres), Andrew Daruka (1980 - 14 acres), Others (14 acres)
Total Acres: 148
Special Features:

The piece de resistance is Key Rock, a massive elliptically shaped exposure of bedrock protruding from the heart of the swamp. One can ascend to the summit of this vantage point, recline, and postulate the Pleistoceneic origin of the area. Those who achieve this goal have experienced a degree of solitude known to few Newtown residents. More >

Facts and Trivia
The preserve was named after a past board member and President who was integral to keeping the NFA prospering during its formative years.

More history > LOCATION
Address: 9 Key Rock Road, Newtown, CT 06470
GPS: 41.375337, -73.327702
Parking and Access: Parking available near the NFA Sign on the corner for RT 302 and Key Rock Road and Drummers Lane.
Special Note:
Property Rules:
This preserve is open to passive recreational activities.
Please leave no evidence of your visit.

Open Sunrise to Sunset.

Pets must remain on a leash; please clean up after your pets.
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