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Wasserman Preserve


This NFA owned 7 acre wooded parcel is located off Walnut Tree Hill Road within Rocky Glen State Park. It contains typical northern forest tree species including some very large hemlock and oak trees. The rolling topography leads to a steep cliff point overlooking the Pootatuck River and Black Bridge with a recently installed fence for safety. Down below and bordering the southern boundary is Rocky Glen State Park. From this end of the parcel you have view to the south across the rolling hills to Fairfield Hills. Access to this point is found from the park below and provides hiking access from Walnut Tree Hill Road to Rocky Glen State Park. This parcel is bounded on the north side by land owned by the Town of Newtown. Al’s trail, a 10+ mile long Town of Newtown trail that connects the Old Fairfield Hills Hospital campus with Paugusset State Forest North crosses the property as well.

Trails: YES Download Trail Map> Bequest from:
Julia & Lewis Wasserman 1977
Total Acres: 7
Special Features:

400 feet below is the swift-running Pootatuck River and the Shorewood building, known to old timers as the Dutch Rubber factory or the Upper factory. Thus, the Wasserman property looks down onto some of Newtown’s most picturesque nineteenth century scenes. More >

More history > LOCATION
Address: 72 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482
GPS: 41.430805, -73.282811
Parking and Access: On street parking near the NFA Sign on Walnut Tree Hill road is not safe and its recommended to park further down and walk back. Alterntively, park in the Rock Glen Forest parking area at the end of Dayton Street and follow Al's Trail up to the NFA preserve.
Special Note:
The hike to the overlook from Walnut Tree Hill Road along Al's Trail is relatively flat. If you approach it from Dayton Street expect a worderful steep hike. During the spring you can find Lady Slipper Orchids; these do not survive in captivity and are the only orchid variety found natively in this part of CT.
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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