Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

I received news this afternoon that we cannot paint on the Griswold Point property. I am extremely disappointed, but there is another great painting location in the same vicinity that I think will be very satisfying: Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Preserve. It offers a view of an expansive marsh and historic railroad bridge across the Connecticut River, and walking a few feet you can see several scenic islands in the distance.

The northern portion of the preserve is located at the mouth of Duck River, a small waterway that flows through town before emptying into the marsh under a railroad trestle.

All trails are fairly short, and lead to the preserve’s must-see path along the shoreline of Watch Rock with views of Great Island, the Connecticut River, and its craggy rock shoreline. I know many painters frequent this location, but there is a walk to Watch Rock.

Directions:The Watch Rock property is reached by taking McCurdy Road from the center of town, crossing 156, and turning right on Joel Drive. Then a left and a quick right bring you to the entrance and the parking lot. 

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 70. Turn left onto Lyme Street and follow for 0.75 miles. Turn right onto Ferry Road and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Shore Road/Route 156. Continue for a mile until you turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 70. Turn right onto Neck Road/Route 156 and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

No bathroom facilities are available.

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA