Freshwater Tidal Marsh LbNA # 15208
|Placed Date||May 22 2005|
|Last Update||May 19 2013|
Although once part of a larger colony, the town took its present name in 1947. It was a major port for importing African ivory at one time. In 1809, a comb factory began operation there and 30 years later it was retooled for making piano keys. The factory was in operation there for 100 years.
At the eagle near the center of town, find the street that was named for a town which was originally called Potopaug. Follow this street out from the town center. Shortly, you will pass over a bridge and find the preserve immediately after on the right. Park in the lot and begin your search for inhabitants of the freshwater tidal marsh. As the area isn't large, you will be using a couple of side trails/tracks off the main trail and will probably spend about an hour.
Colored markers are provided for multi-colored stamps. Please use them or your own but not a one colored stamp pad. There is only one logbook and it is in the last box.
From the parking lot, take the trail at 180 degrees (not the one closest to the water). Almost immediately, note a limb-strewn trail on the left for another time. Shortly, on the right, you will see a boulder shaped like a recliner. After 11 paces, bushwack uphill to another boulder. Beside it, there is a fallen tree. Check under its base for "Mussel".
Return to the trail enjoying views of the water and possibly some shore birds on the right. Continue on a slight uphill. The trail will narrow and you will note a track on the left heading uphill. Remember it as you will head there next. But for now, continue on the main trail. At the top of the hill, there will be a large oak tree next to the trail on the right. As the trail bends left, note the pile of boulders on the right. Check in the back for a cave holding "Alewife". If you see signs that you are leaving the preserve, you have gone too far.
After stamping in, turn back down the hill to that track you noted. Now it is on the right at 160 degrees. This can be a bit over grown but go uphill through some prickers. Be brave- you will be rewarded! Before you reach the top, note a fallen tree on the left a few paces off the track hanging over a large boulder. Standing at the boulder, take a reading of 100 degrees to another rock split apart. Look for "Cat-tails" in a small cave.
Go back downhill to the main trail and turn right as if you were going back to the car. Remember that limb-strewn trail you saw earlier? It's at 130 degress. Take it up hill (it does get better). Shortly on the left, you will see a ledge with a two-sister tree next to it. Climb onto the ledge and search the area for a rock with a hole drilled into it. From the hole 25 degrees and under a rocky overhang, you will find "Blue Heron"
Turn around and head back downhill to your vehicle.