March 19, 2018

Falls River Preserve and Jean’s Island Winter Walk

Naturalist Phil Miller and Chet Arnold, former president of the Essex Land Trust, will lead groups through the spectacular Falls River Preserve on February 4, at 10 a.m. starting at the Preserve.

Walk to Jean’s Island if the ice is thick. Falls River Preserve is a 40-acre peninsula of forest and ledge projecting into Mill Pond on the Falls River. The lowlands walk is easy for all ages. More challenging trails cross over ledges of 800-million-year-old metamorphic schist forming the peninsula’s spine.

This walk is the year’s kick off for the Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit, co-sponsored with the Essex Land Trust and the Essex Park & Recreation Department. Park at the end of Falls River Drive in Ivoryton. Only really bad weather (blizzard or torrential rain) cancels. Admission is free and open to the general public. Cocoa and donuts served before the hike.