Sat Jun 2, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm

Explore the West River: The History of an Urban Wilderness

Sponsored by: New Haven Land Trust

Join the New Haven Land Trust, in partnership with CT Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound and the West River Watershed Coalition, as we celebrate CT Trails Day AND National Trails Day on June 2!

We begin our walk at Pond Lily Nature Preserve, where a 1790’s dam was removed three years ago to facilitate the natural health of the West River. We follow West Rock Ridge as we walk through the West River Open Space and then the “Narrows” where we see remains of long-ago mills and manufacturing sites. We come to Amrhyn Field and cross Blake St into historic Westville Village where manufacturing existed into the 1970’s, pass an apartment complex and an artist’s residence/studio. We cross Whalley Ave and end our walk at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo near the site where, during the Revolutionary War, British soldiers following the river from West Haven overwhelmed a group of Patriots and began their march into New Haven. From here we can share rides back to our starting point. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water!

We will meet at the entrance to Pond Lily Preserve. Address is 42 E Ramsdell St, New Haven, CT 06515. Street parking is available.

Registration is requested here:

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the West River and its beloved trails!

Admission: Free
Pond Lily Nature Preserve
42 E Ramsdell St
New Haven
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