Cottrell Family Preserve is WLT’s latest conserved property featuring 21 acres of wetlands, uplands and riparian along the Pawcatuck River. The property was conserved in February 2022.
Just downstream from the Potter Hill dam, beautiful and expansive laurel stands dot the property. Sneak views of Beriah Lewis Farm across the river in Connecticut and cross the many annual streams that flow through the parcel.
Trails: There are two trails on this property — The red trail is a one-mile upland loop that follows an old roadbed then meanders up a short hill through a mixed hardwood forest, crossing some annual streams and an interesting rock outcrop.
The blue trail is a forked out-and-back that heads north through a small meadow to the south bank of the Pawcatuck River, following it until reaching a nice landing at the edge of the property. Follow the trail back and take the short yellow spur trail, circumventing the meadow for a brief walk through young hardwoods and rich sedge grass.
Location: 13-29 Christian Hill Road, just south of the Potter Hill dam. Parking is limited and rustic as we plan a permanent parking solution. One to two cars may park in the unmaintained laneway approaching the property. More ample parking is located at the DEM’s Potter Hill Landing lot.
Stay tuned for future access improvements.