Nature Preserves in Greenwich CT
The Babcock Preserve is located a half-mile north of the Merritt Parkway (Rte. 15) between North Street, Lower Cross Road and Lake Avenue. The entrance is 201 North St. where there are parking spaces for 10 cars. At 297-plus acres, the Babcock Preserve is the largest of Greenwich's Parks. The tract is heavily forested and profuse with plant and animal life. Open year-around, the park features 11 miles of nature trails.
Grass Island, once a true island, today is a 25 ½-acre shorefront property off Shore Road in the Belle Haven area. The property is open year-around and is home to a salt marsh, a managed conservation area and nature trails.
Great Captains Island
Great Captains Island, 17-acres-plus and 1 ½ miles from the mainland, is accessible by ferry from the Arch Street dock on a schedule determined by the tides and by a private boat. The island is open year-around to Greenwich residents with beach cards and their guests. The island is a conservation area for island habit such as ospreys, egrets and Green, Black and Yellow-Crown heron.
Mianus River and Natural Park
The Mianus River and Natural Park covers 220 acres and includes the Cary Road Nature Preserve and Mianus Pond. The Mianus River Park straddles the Greenwich-Stamford border and each municipality owns equal shares of the property. The area is limited to passive recreation and nature studies. Wildlife roams freely, largely birds but, although rarely observed, weasels, mink and even river otter.
Montgomery Pinetum Park and Nature Center
Montgomery Pinetum Park and Nature Center is a 30-acre tract that contains the remnants of what was once an extensive conifer collection from around the world, assembled by the late Colonel Montgomery. The park is open daily year-around from 8 a.m. to sunset except Sundays between Nov. 15 and March 15.
Laddins Rock is a sanctuary near the Stamford border, located on the north side of Highmeadow Road off Laddins Rock Road. The tract is a green pocket of 18 acres of wilderness with a great granite dome and a sheer 60-foot precipice on one side. The property is natural woodland with two small watercourses and serves as a haven for migratory birds in May and September.
Edward Schongalla Nature Preserve
The preserve is 27.7 acres located on both side of MacArthur Drive in Old Greenwich. The park has a circular path and is a natural area for passive enjoyment.
Sachem Nature Preserve
The preserve is 3.57 acres of undeveloped land on the west side of Sachem Lane between Indian Field Road and the Post Road. There is a circular nature trail and a stream running through the property which runs dry in the summer. Only passive recreation is permitted, hiking, bird watching and photography.
Tomac Lane Dock
The dock covers one-tenth-of-acre at the bottom of Tomac Lane near the intersection of Shore Road. A two-way driveway runs 30 yards to the cement dock and there is a wooden ladder leading to the water. The mudflats and surrounding marsh at low tide are habitat for snowy egrets, green-backed herons and ducks.
The Pond at Caroline Place The pond is part of the Byram River and covers 20 acres in the Pemberwick section of Greenwich near the New York state border. The area has been largely preserved in a natural state and is a productive habitat for birds, fish and small mammals.
Thorn Brook Sanctuary
The sanctuary covers two acres on the grounds of Greenwich High School off Hillside Avenue with a trail running through the property.