QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 136 acres
- Trail Mileage: 3.3 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate
- Sights: meadows, view
On a walk at this preserve in July 2019, the trails were not well trammeled, but they were well marked, with orange and blue tags. A few white blazes also are discernible. But keep your eye out for the trail; because it doesn’t seem like many people visit this preserve, the path can be quite overgrown and hard to see at times.
The highlight of this walk, in my eyes, is the overlook, which I’ve marked as a red icon on my map. A short detour from the trail takes you to the top of a rocky knoll, where the wind blows and you can look out over the cove. To get to the lookout, which is probably a 15-minute walk from the trailhead/parking area, head down the main trail for about 700 feet. The trail to the left is marked with a map and some orange tags. Another thing to look for is a big white sign a few feet farther along.
In the rest of the preserve, the trails meanders through deciduous woods and coniferous woods with mossy carpets and a few rudimentary boardwalks. I didn’t see a way to access the water or get a good look at it, but you can probably clamber down to the shore at several points from the trail.
Directions: From Route 189, turn onto Crows Neck Road. Drive 1.8 miles and turn right onto Thompson Road. The parking area and trailhead are .6 miles ahead. Keep going beyond the last driveway for another hundred yards or so, down a narrow old road, until you see the Morong Cove sign. The last hundred yards are a bit rough going.