May 27, 2020

Winter Walk at Falls River Preserve and Jean’s Island

This is the year’s kick-off event for the Essex Great Outdoor Pursuit, co-sponsored by the Essex Land Trust and the Essex Park and Recreation Department, will be a winter walk at Falls River Preserve and Jean’s Island, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Falls River Preserve.

Naturalist Phil Miller and Preserve steward John Matthiessen will lead groups through the spectacular Falls River Preserve. Walk to Jean’s Island if the ice is thick. Stop for cocoa after the hike at Barbara Sarrantonio and Ed Marlowe’s home, adjacent to the preserve.

The mission of the Essex Great Outdoor Pursuit is to bring the families of Essex together through positive and healthy outdoor endeavors, while increasing the presence and awareness of our local parks, open spaces, and preserves. For more information, please visit the Park and Recreation website:

Park at the end of Falls River Drive in Ivoryton. Only really bad weather (blizzard or torrential rain) cancels. For more information about the event please contact Peggy Tuttle at 860-767-7916 or e-mail

Falls River Walk

Jeans Island Winter Walk