Acquired:  1958
Acreage:  18.6 acres
Uses:  wetland protection, wildlife conservation 
Access:  west of Riverfield School, south of Duck Farm Road on east side of Mill River


Merritt Parkway north for a little less than 27 miles to get off at Exit 44; turn left onto Congress Street; turn left (south) onto Burr Street;  turn right onto Duck Farm Road; drive about 0.2 of a mile and just before reach the bridge over the Mill River park along the right (east) side of  Duck Farm Road.  Cross over the road to the old abandoned Hunter Road which is one of the paths for the open space. 


12/07/2005.  We parked at a pull-off on the east side of the road across from the path entrance by the river highway bridge.  The path is an old abandoned asphalt road that heads south parallel with the river.  Houses with fences are on the left.  We pass a large grassy marsh and then a swampy area.  The asphalt path ends when it reaches the Riverside School baseball diamond.  At the baseball field fence the blue trail starts.  It heads to Mill River and then parallels it until the way is blocked by a fence on private land.  We turn around and walk back to the car.  It is a short walk, but enjoyable.   Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, 12/07/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)