Old Lyme Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Enjoy marshes, tributaries, and abundant birdlife near the mouth of the Connecticut River.
The Connecticut River is New England’s longest river, running 410 miles from its source at the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound. Thanks to shifting sandbars at its mouth—the result of large amounts of silt washing downstream during spring snowmelt—the Connecticut is the only major U.S. river without a port at its mouth. Instead, it has the communities of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme, with the marshes of Great Island buffering the east side from development.
Great Island is a beautiful area, popular with birders and anglers. Back in the 1960s when the ospreys were endangered by DDT, Old Lyme resident Roger Tory Peterson erected the first osprey nesting platform on Great island, and many more followed."