“a patchwork of woodlands, wetlands and rock ledges”
The Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve is the Connecticut Chapter's largest continuous preserve and the largest tract of protected land in densely developed Fairfield County. Its patchwork of woodlands, wetlands and rock ledges and a series of north-south ridges and valleys woven with streams and swamps make the Devil's Den ideal for low-impact outdoor activities such as hiking and bird watching. The Den provides a valuable oasis for species that require interior woodland for successful reproduction. Research has shown that such large unfragmented forest areas are vital to the health of a variety of species. Devil's Den also represents a significant portion of the watershed of the west branch of the Saugatuck River, habitat for many of aquatic species, including several uncommon species of mussel. Devil's Den is also of historical significance; archaeological evidence indicates human use of the area, mostly for hunting, as long as 5,000 years ago. The remains of an up-and-down sawmill below Godfrey Pond testify to the importance of the lumbering that dovetailed with charcoal burning. The production of charcoal was an important commercial activity in the 1800s and marks dozens of sites.
Don't get me wrong, the scenery in Devils Den is gorgeous. The real issue lies in their terrible signage. As a long time hiker it important for a trail to be well marked and easy to navigate. This is especially true in a trail used by the public and those new to hiking. When my
Mother and I arrived at Devils Den we were met by a less than helpful map. The colors used to mark the trails on the map in no way reflected the actual trails or marking used on the trail. We met more than one group of fellow hikers who suffice to say we're lost in the woods. The only group we met who were able to easily navigate and give directions while hiking were locals and regularly hiked the Den. It's a beautiful place but unless you're a local plan on getting lost for a while.
Worst people ever. The place might be nice but they dont have customer service experience. Rude people and if you try to talk to the manager they defend each other... if you are not snorkeling dont go, they charge $5 to see nothing. They lost possible customer for camping and snorkeling. The owner needs to do something here. Go to blue Grotto for diving experience, good people there.
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