Barn Island Wildlife Management Area Professional Reviews and Guides
"Before the Europeans arrived, much of Connecticut was swampland. This hike allows you to view this nearly vanquished habitat. Tidal marsh, estuary channels and ponds, a coastal river, upland woods, and coastal grasslands characterize the wildlife management area (WMA). Egrets dot white to open spaces, while hawks soar the sky and songbirds animate branch and wind. Old dikes and former roads partition the area. A historic cemetery is among the physical records of the past.Start at the stone monument honoring Louis Bayer, an advocate for this tidal marsh declared by noted botanist, educator, and conservationist William A. Niering to be “the finest coastal wild in Connecticut.” The WMA’s 1,000-acre mosaic has earned global recognition as an Important Bird Area."
--George and Rhonda Ostertag, Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
"The trail begins at an iron gate on the opposite side of the asphalt roadway from the parking area. Follow the graveled path as it curves left and gently down along a fringe of big bluestem grass adjacent to a universally accessible native plant garden and marsh overlook on the right with interpretive panels. As you continue, sassafras trees become more numerous, while mockernut hickory trees and some large red oaks up to 2 feet in diameter appear. Curve right to walk down a dike bordered on both sides by salt marsh. Elegant snowy egrets use their sharp black bills to snatch fish stranded in small pools by a receding tide."
--Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith , AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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