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Simmons Preserve – Stonington / property details / get directions

This cove-side preserve allows visitors to get right up close to the water and get a glimpse of the marsh.  As a historic property, there are some old plantings on the site. Read here about the history of the Simmons Preserve for some interesting background.  The view of the water changes daily.  What do you see today?

Total Hike & Seek Targets: 5

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BIG HOLE IN TREE

This large tree is quite old and getting hollow inside. What might live in the big hole in the tree?

STONE GATE POSTS

Many Avalonia properties have an interesting history.  See if you can find some old stone gate posts that still have metal hardware attached.

A FLEETING GARDEN

Years ago, this property was more like a garden than a nature preserve. Many of the plants are not native but ornamental, planted for people to enjoy. If you are here in spring and early summer you may find the ground carpeted with the green leaves of lily of the valley. Look closely to find the little white bell flowers in late spring. Lean even closer and smell their beautiful fragrance.

SOME VERY OLD PLANTS

Some of the plants here have been in this place for decades.Very old blueberry bushes have grown curled and twisted with age. In the spring, they too will have bell-like flowers followed by blueberries! More than likely the birds will get to them first.

Message Regarding Coronavirus

Our trails remain open to the public, but we request that you avoid any gathering beyond immediate family and carefully observe social-distancing protocol. All public events are cancelled until further notice, and our office is closed.

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