OCC Hosts Trail Maintenance Day At Housatonic Overlook

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Nov 122019

A view from the Housatonic Overlook (Orange’s waterfront property).

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a “trail maintenance day” at the Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge Open Space located at 672 High Ridge Road in Orange on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear work gloves and warm footwear and welcomed to bring rakes, small pruning tools, etc. We will be clearing branches and debris from trails and picking up trash.

Saturday is predicted to be a cold 38 degrees, so dress appropriately.

The OCC will provide water and trash bags. It will be canceled in the event of rain.

This is a fun way to learn about the trail! Please come out and help maintain Orange’s beautiful open spaces!

Orange Land Trust Plans Guided Hike Of Housatonic Overlook

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Apr 092016

march-2211The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided walk at the Housatonic Overlook area on Saturday, April 9th. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the end of High Ridge Road (off of Derby-Milford Road). The walk is expected to take about two hours.

This event will include a viewing of the Housatonic River, looking up and down the valley from atop Tucker’s Ridge, which is about 200 feet above the river, and a walk through the easy to moderately difficult trails in this area. We will learn some interesting information about the Housatonic, one of Connecticut’s three major rivers that reach Long Island Sound, and yes, it is true, Orange has a coastline!

The hike will take us through a beautiful rocky, wooded landscape, typical of areas on “higher ground” around Connecticut. Many of the trails are lined by Connecticut’s state flower – the Mountain Laurel. It will be too early to see the Mountain Laurel in bloom, but it is the right season to catch sight of a bald eagle soaring above the river. Compact binoculars will help in this and always add to the enjoyment of the outdoors.

The Land Trust will be joined by the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team. They will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.

Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

This unique hike is free, not difficult, and always a pleasure. All are welcome, please plan to join us and bring a friend. Only steady rain showers or severe weather will cancel. Please park along the end of road.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.