Kiah's Brook Refuge

Description

The Kiah's Brook Refuge and Titicus Preserve are a collection of land parcels dedicated to the protection of the Titicus River and its river habitat. A network of trails lead through the wetlands and forested uplands. The mail trail, marked yellow, follows the banks of the Titicus River with views of a swamp and brook. the northeast section of this trail is sometimes wet or icy; if so, head directly south towards the recreation Center. An inner red trail stays closer to the playing fields and buildings while the blue trails connect the inner and outer rings.

Kiah's Brook Refuge (north of the Recreation center) is a mixed evergreen forest that includes a larch grove in the northeast section. Spring wildflowers, ferns, and mosses are plentiful. The refuge gets its name from an eighteenth-century inhabitant named Hezikiah Scott, a weaver who operated a whiskey and cider distillery and a saw mill in the vicinity. The 12-acre refuge was given to the Town by Evelyn Pierrepont Luquer in 1963 and 1964. The remaining 41 acres dedicated to conservation and recreation was purchased by the Town with a grant-in-aid from the Connecticut Land and Water Conservation Fund.



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