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Lucius Pond Ordway / Devil's Den Preserve, Weston

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The Lucius Pond Ordway Devil's Den Preserve in Weston and Redding, Connecticut, encompassing 1746acre, is the largest preserve in Fairfield County, Connecticut and one of the larger preserves in the metropolitan New York area. The preserve's name derives from local lore: charcoal makers in the hilly, rocky area would say that a hoof-like mark made in a boulder was the footprint of the Devil.Devil's Den is the most frequently visited preserve (and largest contiguous preserve) run by the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy, with 40,000 visits per year. The main entrance is at the end of Pent Road in Weston. The park is open from dawn till dusk.The New Canaan Nature Center runs programs and hikes in the woody park. The preserve has 20mi of trails, and maps are available at the Pent Road parking area.The preserve is part of the watershed of the West Branch of the Saugatuck River and part of the extended 70mi "Saugatuck Valley Trails System".Flora and fauna in the preserve include more than 500 types of trees and wildflowers, the pink lady's slipper, cardinal flower, and Indian pipe, such animals as red fox, bobcat, coyote, eastern copperhead snake, and more than 140 bird species, including wood duck, ruffed grouse, pileated woodpecker.
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  • Wonderful trails, good views, but seriously...use the map. There are free maps at the entrance and I recommend using them unless you want to turn your 2mile hike into a 10 mile hike as you walk in cir...  more »
  • moderate hike with great view especially if you like climbing boulders, Had a great picnic along the trail ending at the burial site  more »
  • Enjoy your time down here amongst the nature, trees and lake. There are usually not that many people there.  more »